- Mike Reiss, ESPN Staff Writer
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One of the top storylines for next Sunday, when the New England Patriots host the Denver Broncos in a prime-time game, is the return of former Patriots receiver Wes Welker. It is a storyline that now has an added twist after what unfolded in the Broncos' 27-17 win over the Kansas City Chiefs.
Welker left the game in the fourth quarter, with the Broncos saying he was being evaluated for a possible concussion.
Welker was knocked out of the game on a 20-yard catch-and-run with 11:22 remaining. He appeared to lose control of the football on the play, but ultimately came out of the pile with the ball. He later returned to the game and caught a pass with 7:44 to play.
His status will be closely watched and dissected throughout the week.
Update: Welker did suffer a concussion. As ESPN.com Broncos reporter Jeff Legwold notes, Welker will be limited in practice this week. Even if he passes a baseline test on Monday, the earliest Welker could practice fully would be Friday, in accordance with the league's concussion protocol.