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Broncos WR Welker cleared to practice

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Denver Broncos wide receiver Wes Welker was back at practice Thursday after missing the day before because of his concussion as the team continues to prepare for Sunday night's matchup against the New England Patriots.

Welker's status has been unclear since being diagnosed with a concussion that was suffered during Sunday night's 27-17 win over the Kansas City Chiefs. Welker will still have to be cleared by an independent neurologist before he can play, but being cleared for practice is a positive step.

Quarterback Peyton Manning also was back at practice Thursday after getting his planned day off Wednesday.

Welker spent six productive seasons with the Patriots before leaving the team in free agency earlier this season. He enters Sunday with 61 catches for 648 yards and a career-high nine touchdowns.

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