Welker ruled out for Broncos against Raiders

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Welker ruled out for Broncos against Raiders
December 28, 2013, 1:15 pm
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Wes Welker has a career-high 10 touchdowns in 13 games this year, his first with Peyton Manning. (USATSI)

The Denver Broncos will be without wide receiver Wes Welker for Sunday's regular-season finale against the Raiders.

Welker, who was limited in practice as he continues to battle back from a concussion suffered in Week 14, was ruled out on Friday.

"We didn't want to monkey around," Broncos head coach John Fox said. "Again, player safety is the key and we'll just rule him out for this game."

Welker, 32, has 73 catches for 778 yards and a career-high 10 touchdowns this year. The 5-foot-9, 10-year veteran is expected to return for the postseason.

He is one of Peyton Manning's favored targets, but the Broncos signal-caller will pursue the single season passing yard mark (set at 5,476 by Drew Brees in 2011) without him. Manning needs 266 passing yards against the Raiders to claim another record.