Jacksonville Jaguars middle linebacker Paul Posluszny has been ruled “out” for Sunday’s game against the Arizona Cardinals. Posluszny was unable to get cleared after suffering a concussion last week.
Welker has been very valuable to the Broncos offense this season, catching 61 passes for 648 yards and nine touchdowns. Without him, the Denver attack will rely more on wideouts Demaryius Thomas and Eric Decker, along with tight end Julius Thomas and running back Knowshon Moreno.
If Welker can’t go, it would certainly take out one of the main storylines heading into next Sunday night’s tilt. Welker played six seasons with the Patriots and had over 100 catches in five of them. The former New England star played in two Super Bowls during his tenure there before leaving for Denver and a two-year, $12 million contract this offseason.
Last year the NFL moved touchbacks from the 20-yard line to the 25-yard line. The intention was to reduce the number of returns, long a player-safety issue, by encouraging the receiving team to take the extra 5 yards. It had the opposite effect, causing more teams to try and kick short of the goal line, betting that they Cheap Philadelphia Eagles Jerseys
could stop the returners short of the 25-yard line.
They’ll vote this week to make that change permanent.
Another proposal that could make kickoffs required viewing rather than the usual bathroom and/or guacamole break is a change allowing for touchbacks at the 20-yard line, instead of the 25, if a kicker boots the ball through the upright.
That one probably won’t pass because it could be seen as Cheap Pirates Jerseys an extra advantage for teams playing indoors or in other favorable environments for kickers, ahem, Denver. Too bad, because it would be an extra wrinkle of fun, making big-leg kickers that much more a crucial part of the game.