Sunday, August 18, 2013
Broncos' Bailey, Welker to be evaluated
By Jeff Legwold
A tough night in Seattle could make for a difficult week for the Broncos.
The Broncos did receive good news on defensive tackle Derek Wolfe, who was taken from the field by ambulance to a Seattle hospital Saturday night. Wolfe was evaluated, including X-rays, a CT scan and a MRI exam, and allowed to return to Denver in the early hours Sunday morning on the team’s chartered flight.
But Wolfe is expected to be held out of at least some practice time with a neck injury and could miss the remaining two preseason games -- he collided helmet-to-helmet with Seahawks fullback Michael Robinson, the lead blocker on a run play, as Wolfe tried to shed a low block just after the snap. Wolfe was to be at the Broncos' Dove Valley complex Sunday for more evaluation. The Broncos do believe he will be ready for the regular-season opener Sept. 5 against the Baltimore Ravens.
Cornerback Champ Bailey was also set for a MRI exam Sunday. Bailey suffered a left foot injury in the first half of Saturday’s game and was using crutches as he left CenturyLink Field.
Bailey told the team officials he felt pain in the bottom/middle of his foot. Bailey, too, is expected to miss practice time this week and his availability for Saturday’s preseason game against the Rams is certainly in question.
The Broncos starters are expected to play into the second half against the Rams and then be held out of the preseason finale against Arizona. So, Bailey has likely seen his last game action of the preseason and the Broncos are hoping for favorable news on the MRI as far as the start of the regular season is concerned.
And wide receiver Wes Welker (right ankle) and guard Louis Vasquez (left knee) were set to be evaluated Sunday as well. Both players were removed from the lineup in the first half.