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Monday’s Morning Mashup: Broncos WR Wes Welker suffers second concussion in 4 weeks

12.09.13 at 8:01 am ET

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‘€¢ The Bernard Pollard curse has struck again, but this time it’s an ex-Patriot who suffered the injury.

Broncos receiver Wes Welker left Sunday’s victory over the Titans with a concussion for the second time in a month, after taking a hit to the head from Pollard late in the second quarter of Sunday’s game in Denver.

Welker, who earlier in the game caught his 10th touchdown pass of the season — giving the Broncos a record four players with 10 touchdown receptions this season — walked off the field under his own power but did not return in the second half.

The Broncos play again Thursday night against the Chargers, and there already is speculation that Welker, who also was concussed in a Week 11 win over the Chiefs but returned for the following week’s game against the Patriots, will skip that game. Per the league’s concussion protocol, Welker will have baseline testing Monday.

Pollard is well known to New England fans for causing injuries to Tom Brady, Rob Gronkowski and Stevan Ridley. He also was the defender when Welker suffered a torn ACL and MCL in the final regular-season game in 2009, although Welker suffered the injury trying to make a move, without any contact.

‘€¢ Meanwhile, Welker’s quarterback, Peyton Manning, heard the criticism about his play in cold-weather games, and he had a message for his critics after rallying Denver from an 11-point deficit for a 51-28 rout of the Titans on a day when the temperature was 18 degrees at kickoff.

“Whoever wrote that narrative can shove it where the sun don’t shine,” Manning said.

Entering the game, Manning had a career record of 3-7 in games when the temperature was 32 or below at kickoff. He proceeded to set a team record with 39 completions (on a team-record-tying 59 attempts). Manning passed for 397 yards and four touchdowns, closing to within five of Tom Brady’s single-season record of 50.

Said Manning: “I wasn’t trying to answer [the criticism], because I didn’t give it any validation in the first place.”

Broncos defensive tackle Terrance Knighton said he doesn’t expect Manning’s critics to relent.

“They’ll find something [to talk about],” Knighton said. “They’ll probably say, well, he’s not good … below zero or something. They’ll find something, but I consider us a weatherproof team, and he’s a Super Bowl champ. We’re not really worried about that. We’ll play anywhere, any weather, any conditions.”

On a side note, Broncos kicker Matt Prater also didn’t let the frigid temperatures bother him, as he kicked an NFL-record 64-yard field goal just before halftime. Two of the four kickers who shared the old record of 63 yards also kicked theirs in Denver, where the altitude offers some assistance — although Prater noted that the benefit from the thin air was evened out by the temperature (14 degrees when he kicked).

“Yes, it kind of takes out the altitude factor,” he said.

‘€¢ Adrian Peterson did not enjoy his trip to Baltimore on Sunday. Not only did the Vikings suffer a 29-26 on a touchdown in the final seconds, Peterson was carted off the field in the second quarter with a sprained foot and did not play another down — although he did watch from the sideline.

But Peterson’s main issue was with the officials. The Vikings were called for pass interference on Baltimore’s winning drive, nullifying an interception. That was just one of the calls that had Peterson upset.

“Some of the calls that were made, you just went, ‘Wow. I can’t believe that was called,’ ” Peterson said.

The running back also had an issue with the Baltimore fans, who braved a snowstorm but were not as well-behaved as Peterson would like.

“They’ve got the worst fans in the NFL,” Peterson said. “[They were] throwing snowballs the entire fourth quarter, like kids.”

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Dec. 9, 1992, the Red Sox signed which free agent who eventually wound up in the Hall of Fame?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “We had to make just about every play that we made at the end today, and, fortunately, we did.” — Patriots coach Bill Belichick, on Sunday’s 27-26 comeback victory over the Browns

STAT OF THE DAY: 41 — Points by which the Celtics beat the Knicks on Sunday, handing New York its third-worst home loss in franchise history

‘NET RESULTS (mobile users, check the website to see the videos): A violent brawl erupts at a soccer match in Brazil between Atletico Paranese and Vasco da Gama, forcing the evacuation of an injured fan via a helicopter, and a one-hour delay in the game.

From Saturday night, Damian Lillard hits a 3-pointer with 1.9 seconds left to force a tie against the Mavericks ‘€¦

‘€¦ but Monta Ellis responds with a long jumper at the buzzer to give the Mavs the victory.

A young fan runs onto the court during Saturday night’s Cavaliers-Clippers game to show Kyrie Irving his T-shirt that reads: “Kyrie don’t leave.”

Askia Booker hits a 3-pointer at the buzzer to lift Colorado to a victory over sixth-ranked Kansas on Saturday night.


SOOTHING SOUNDS: Jakob Dylan was born on this day in 1969.

Read More: Adrian Peterson, Bernard Pollard, Matt Prater, Peyton Manning