Sports Briefs: Broncos’ Welker to miss tonight’s game
Broncos’ Welker to miss tonight’s game
The Denver Broncos will be without wide receiver Wes Welker for their AFC West matchup with the San Diego Chargers tonight.
Welker will miss the game because of a concussion that he suffered in Sunday’s 51-28 win over the Tennessee Titans on a hit by safety George Wilson, the Broncos announced Wednesday.
Because of the short practice week resulting from the Thursday night game, Welker had less time to pass the NFL’s concussion protocol tests for clearance to play against the Chargers.
Ex-QB Morton sues NFL over concussions
The 70-year-old Morton is seeking unspecified compensatory and punitive damages, according to the 84-page lawsuit, which was filed in U.S. District Court in northern California.
Morton played from 1965 to 1982 with the Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants and Denver Broncos. He threw 183 touchdown passes and 187 interceptions during his 18-year career. Morton started two Super Bowls — one each for the Cowboys and Broncos — but lost both.
Dodgers won’t trade outfielder Kemp
The Los Angeles Dodgers plan to keep All-Star outfielder Matt Kemp, his agent Dave Stewart said Wednesday.
Stewart said he met with Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti on Wednesday and was told the team plans to keep Kemp rather than trade him.
Stewart said Kemp is pleased with the news.
“He never wanted to leave,” Stewart said.
The Dodgers have talked to several teams about Kemp during the winter meetings and earlier in this offseason, according to ESPN.com, and had even said they would take on some of the $128 million remaining on the center fielder’s contract over the next six seasons.
M’s get Morrison from Marlins
The Seattle Mariners continued to be active during baseball’s winter meetings, acquiring first baseman/outfielder Logan Morrison from the Miami Marlins on Wednesday in a deal for right-handed reliever Carter Capps, according to reports.
Mark Mulder, a two-time All-Star who has not pitched since 2008, is trying to make a comeback, ESPN.com reported Tuesday.
Mulder, 36, retired in 2009 after two surgeries on his left shoulder had limited his effectiveness.
He’s been working as an analyst at ESPN since 2011. However, Mulder began thinking about a comeback in October while watching Los Angeles Dodgers reliever Paco Rodriguez on TV. He saw something in Rodriguez’s delivery that he could use himself.
He is now hoping he can work out for some clubs and perhaps get an invitation to a spring training camp.