The Denver Broncos have been dealt a blow ahead of Thursday's clash against the San Diego Chargers, with reports suggesting that they will be without their second leading-receiver for the game.
According to reports cited by NFL.com, Wes Welker will miss the occasion due to the concussion he sustained during the Broncos' emphatic 58-21 victory over the Tennessee Titans at Sports Authority Field on Sunday.
32-year-old Welker, a ten-year NFL veteran who actually went undrafted in 2004 out of Texas Tech University, joined the Broncos in March 2013 after he did not agree a new deal to remain with Tom Brady and the New England Patriots.
Welker has made 13 appearances for the AFC West leaders this season, scoring 10 touchdowns and averaging 10.7 yards on 73 receptions.
His absence, although unquestionably an irritant, should not prove too damaging, however.
John Fox's Broncos - led by irrepressible and seemingly ageless quarterback star Peyton Manning - have been sensational this season, mostly sweeping all before them on their way to an 11-2 record.
The Chargers, who currently lie eighth in the AFC standings, are unlikely to provide a stern test on the Broncos' home turf and instead Fox must surely be hoping that Welker - who also suffered concussion during the win over the Kansas City Chiefs last month, is able to rest up and ensure he is ready for a deep run into the postseason.