Originally written on The Other Paper  |  Last updated 11/20/13

If things go according to Wes Welker's plans, he will suit up for his new team, the Broncos, and head into Gillette Stadium to take on his old team, the Patriots this Sunday. That's if that a pesky concussion doesn't get in the way.Patriots quarterback Tom Brady — putting Monday's loss to the Panthers behind him — and speaking on WEEI's Dennis and Callahan Show, said he's not worried about Welker missing the game and thinks he'll "definitely" be on the field."I've been around [Welker] long enough to know what he's all about," Brady said Wednesday. "He loves playing football, and if there's a chance for him to play, especially coming back here, he's definitely going to be out there. I've got no question about that." The quarterback hasn't actually spoken to his old friend, however. He just believes that this is the sort of game that Welker wouldn't miss."No, no he didn't do that," Brady said. "But it would take an awful lot for him to miss the game."Welker has to clear all the NFL concussion protocols before he can consider even suiting up. But this a game he's had marked on his calendar ever since he left New England under less than amicable circumstances.Revenge aside, there's also the matter of Peyton Manning needing Welker. Demaryius Thomas and Eric Decker present a formidable matchup for teams to cover, but it's Welker who is the spark plug on this offense, generating an almost stealth-like presence that teams are forced to defend, drawing coverages away from the receivers on the outside.

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