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December 12. 2013 12:22AM

Sports Briefs: Broncos’ Welker to miss tonight’s game

FOOTBALL

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.

It was Welker’s second concussion within the past month. The first came in a game against the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 11, but he returned the following week to play against New England.

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.

The 32-year-old Welker is the Broncos’ second-leading receiver this season with 73 catches for 778 yards and 10 touchdowns, including a scoring reception and 61 yards against the Titans on Sunday.

Ex-QB Morton sues NFL over concussions

Former NFL quarterback Craig Morton was part of a federal lawsuit filed against the NFL on Tuesday by former players who contend that they suffered long-term effects from head injuries.

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.

The suit claims the league produced biased and falsified research that defied medical information on the impact of concussion-causing hits.

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.

BASEBALL

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.

“He said that they’re not going to move him,” Stewart said, via the Los Angeles Times.

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.

The 29-year-old Kemp is recovering from surgeries on his shoulder and ankle this winter, after a season in which he spent three lengthy stays on the disabled list.

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.

The 25-year-old Morrison has struggled the past two years with injuries. He batted .242 with six home runs in 85 games for the Marlins last season. But he does have some pop in his bat, hitting 23 homers for the Marlins in 2011.

Morrison is expected to share duty in the outfield, at first base and at DH with Corey Hart, who also was acquired by the Mariners on Wednesday, and Justin Smoak.The 23-year-old Capps was a 2011 third-round draft pick. In 53 games for the Mariners last season, Capps was 3-3 with a 5.49 ERA and 66 strikeouts in 59 innings. He has a 2.76 strikeouts-to-walks ratio in 84 relief innings the past two major-league seasons.

Mulder attempts comeback at 36

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.

In 2008, he pitched just 1 2/3 innings for the St. Louis Cardinals and had a 10.80 earned-run average.

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.

According to the ESPN.com report, Mulder said scouts clocked his fastball at 89-90 mph.

He is now hoping he can work out for some clubs and perhaps get an invitation to a spring training camp.


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