Broncos receiver Wes Welker has been cleared to play as of Monday after missing the past three and a half games with a concussion he suffered Dec. 8 against the Titans.

Welker has been traveling with the Broncos the past two weeks and was eased back into practice in Week 17, but he hasn't played a down of football since just before halftime of that victory over Tennessee. He suffered two concussions during the second half of the 2013 season.

After their Sunday rout of the Raiders, the Broncos now have a week off before they learn their first playoff opponent and begin to prepare. The team will get Tuesday and Wednesday off before practicing Thursday, Friday and perhaps Saturday, and it's already looking forward to the challenges that are to come.

Peyton Manning, right, stands on the sideline with wide receiver Wes Welker during the second half Sunday against the Raiders. Welker was out because of a
Peyton Manning, right, stands on the sideline with wide receiver Wes Welker during the second half Sunday against the Raiders. Welker was out because of a concussion. (The Associated Press)

Unfortunately for the Broncos, Welker and cornerback Kayvon Webster may be the only injured players able to rejoin the team this postseason. Safety Rahim Moore will be eligible to come off IR before the AFC Championship if the Broncos make it that far, but after a slower than anticipated recovery, he may not be ready in time. Defensive end Derek Wolfe's status is similarly vague. He did return to practice in Week 17, but he stayed in Denver over the weekend and is still recovering from the illness he came down with on Nov. 29.

"I think they have a grasp (on what's going on), and we're easing him back into football condition," coach John Fox said of Wolfe. "I can't give you a timetable."

The best shot of a return comes in the form of Webster, whom the team considered letting play in his cast on Sunday before leaving him inactive.

Safety Duke Ihenacho also began the NFL's concussion protocol after Sunday's game, and he has 13 days to be cleared before the Broncos' first playoff game.

The Broncos will play either the Chargers, Chiefs or Colts on Jan. 12.

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