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Champ Bailey: It scares me that Wes Welker wants to play

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DENVER, CO - SEPTEMBER 5: Wes Welker #83 of the Denver Broncos warms up prior to the game against the Baltimore Ravens at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on September 5, 2013 in Denver Colorado. (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images)

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Although he isn’t on a team at the moment, veteran receiver Wes Welker has indicated that he wants to play this season. His friend and former Broncos teammate Champ Bailey hopes that doesn’t happen.

Bailey told Peter Schrager of FOX Sports that Welker’s history of concussions makes it scary to think that he might keep playing, and as a friend Bailey doesn’t want to see it.

“I don’t want Wes to play for my own personal reasons. I’ve seen him get concussions. It scares me,” Bailey said.

Bailey believes the 34-year-old Welker is still capable of helping some team this season, but that doesn’t mean he should.

“I think he can still play, but I don’t want him to play because of these concussions. This thing is no joke. It’s a serious thing when you start talking about your head. And for him to have to worry about that at a young age that he is now, he has to think about that for years to come and I just hope he hangs it up,” Bailey said.

Although Bailey thinks it’s a bad idea, he thinks Welker’s desire for a Super Bowl ring may put him back on the field this season.

“I understand why he has that desire to play, he wants the ring,” Bailey said. “He still has that hunger, I just don’t want to see it.”

All it takes, however, is for one team to want to see Welker in its uniform, and Welker will be back. Whether others think it’s a good idea or not.