Wes Welker could miss time after back injury vs Patriots

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Wes Welker hasn't really lived up to his billing as the best slot receiver in the National Football League in Denver.

Welker has gone from being a bona fide star who was named an All-Pro in 2011, to a very noticeable weak link in the Broncos passing attack that cannot find the field for a solid amount of snaps.

And if that fall from grace wasn't enough for the 33-year old, then injury has just been added to that previous insult.

Back Cracked

Welker returned to where he made his name last night as the Broncos traveled to Foxboro to take on the New England Patriots. It transpired to be an awful trip to Boston for Welker as the Broncos got destroyed by Tom Brady while he got lit up by former teammate Devin McCourty.

McCourty delivered a huge hit to the back of the 5ft 9in receiver as he was trying to haul in a pass. Welker didn't return to the game and may well not even be healthy enough for Week 10 against the Raiders.

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Welker left in the fourth quarter, by which time he had amassed just three receptions for 31 yards, symbolic of how far he has dipped since moving to Mile High.

In five games before Sunday, Welker recorded just 19 receptions for 181 yards and one touchdown. Last season, the five-time Pro Bowler recorded a measly 73 receptions, his lowest career number since 2006, when he was a backup for the Miami Dolphins.

And now, with a back injury to contend with along side multiple concussions and other niggling ailments, the question really has to be asked if 2014 will be We Welker's last in the NFL. His body and head has taken a beating, and the 5-time Pro Bowler could walk out with his head held high after coming into the league as an undrafted free agent.

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