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Welker believed to have torn ACL, MCL

The early word on Patriots wide receiver Wes Welker is not good.

Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that preliminary tests show Welker having a torn ACL and torn MCL. He is scheduled to undergo more testing on Monday, and until an MRI confirms the diagnosis Welker can hold out hope that it’s not that serious, but at the moment things look grim.

A torn ACL and MCL would obviously keep Welker out of the postseason, and it would probably affect his availability for the start of training camp and possibly the start of the 2010 regular season.

Welker finishes the season as the league leader in receptions, with 123. He was on the verge of becoming the first NFL player ever to average more than nine catches a game for a season, but getting hurt on his first catch today brought his average for the season down to 8.8 catches a game.

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  1. blackglass says: Jan 3, 2010 6:45 PM

    Get well soon, Wes.
    Anyone celebrating a player getting injured should be ashamed of themselves. It is completely classless, and shows what a piece of scum you truly are.

  2. Gautam says: Jan 3, 2010 6:46 PM

    will probably be kept on the PUP list beginning of next season

  3. DocBG says: Jan 3, 2010 6:48 PM

    Attn NE: your run is comming to an abrupt end. Don’t take it personally, but Moss is getting towards the end of his career, welker is going to be out for the rest of the post season and miss a chunk of next season, even when he’s back he won’t be 100% until 2011. Moreover, your coach has reached the point in his career that all coaches eventually do, believing that they can plug ANY player into THEIR supperior scheme, and failing to realize that talent can beat scheme every time.
    You’ve had a good run, but its over now.

  4. Runnin' outta fingers says: Jan 3, 2010 6:48 PM

    That should stop the competition committee from their investigation. Teams earn the right to sit players they deem important. The fans are already rewarded w a playoff birth.

  5. ADX says: Jan 3, 2010 6:50 PM

    my Kid tore his acl,mcl, and meniscus and he’s looking at 9 months from injury to putting a helmet back on.

  6. Patsfan1776 says: Jan 3, 2010 6:52 PM

    Dude is done. Need to start working on some new players with other players. I couldn’t understand why they sat him on the bench after the injury instead of going straight to the locker room. Here’s an ice pack and just sit on that aluminum bench, best thing for a blown knee. Other than that we can have you sit in an electrical room in the dark.

  7. TheBigOldDog says: Jan 3, 2010 6:52 PM

    I am sick to my stomach.

  8. lezmaka says: Jan 3, 2010 6:57 PM

    If the doctors believe it’s a torn ACL, even if only partially torn, then it will require surgery if he intends to play football again. The ACL cannot heal itself. A torn MCL can heal itself, but not an ACL.

  9. The Real Shuxion says: Jan 3, 2010 6:57 PM

    Here come the class acts who will cheer about this.
    That being said I can see people saying he should not have played, however you can get an injury like this in pratice, it was a non contact injury. If he was struck by two guys at once and this happened I totally get the argument but it was NON CONTACT.
    But in the end Belichick played Welker and Welker got hurt. My Pats had a punchers chance at winning it all. That punch just became a little less powerful. PATS will have to play 4 perfect games to win the SB, anything less and we are looking at the 2010 season.

  10. TheWizard says: Jan 3, 2010 7:01 PM

    Attn NE: your run is comming to an abrupt end
    Been hearing that since the Giants won the Super Bowl.
    How are the Giants doing, anyway?
    Even if the run is over, we’ll settle for ‘Team of the Decade’
    Good luck Wes. Any football “fan” should miss having this guy on the field.

  11. xetuoh1836 says: Jan 3, 2010 7:02 PM

    Great player and hope he comes back soon (from a Texans fan)!

  12. howiseeit says: Jan 3, 2010 7:05 PM

    Looked bad — Gonna be tough on the Pats on the road w/0 one of their best. If its as bad as they say he may miss more than the start of next season.

  13. chunky soupy sales says: Jan 3, 2010 7:06 PM

    Not a fan of Welker because he plays for NE, but the guy plays his heart out every play. And I hate to see anyone injured. hope he has a speedy and full recovery.

  14. Onderin says: Jan 3, 2010 7:08 PM

    Edelman > Welker

  15. playinforchubs says: Jan 3, 2010 7:11 PM

    I’m a Colts fan, but it’s never fun to see a talented with that much talent go down on Week 17. Welker plays with a lot of heart and it’s a shame his season will end like this. Luckily for the Pats, Julian Edelman can do pretty much the same thing, just not quite as well.

  16. Beastie Bills says: Jan 3, 2010 7:14 PM

    That sucks. Welker is really fun to watch (and I’m a Bills fan).
    But what is with these comments like:
    “Here come the class acts who will cheer about this.”
    and:
    “Anyone celebrating a player getting injured should be ashamed of themselves. It is completely classless, and shows what a piece of scum you truly are.”
    Who exactly is cheering about this? What is the point of these comments?

  17. blackglass says: Jan 3, 2010 7:14 PM

    DocBG says:
    January 3, 2010 6:48 PM
    Attn NE: your run is comming to an abrupt end. Don’t take it personally, but Moss is getting towards the end of his career, welker is going to be out for the rest of the post season and miss a chunk of next season, even when he’s back he won’t be 100% until 2011. Moreover, your coach has reached the point in his career that all coaches eventually do, believing that they can plug ANY player into THEIR supperior scheme, and failing to realize that talent can beat scheme every time.
    You’ve had a good run, but its over now
    This could be accurate, actually. We’ll see how next year goes; but if this is the case, I am glad I got to witness my team go on the incredible run it had.

  18. SaintCharlie72 says: Jan 3, 2010 7:15 PM

    Time for Edelman to step up…Good luck, Wes!

  19. clavette says: Jan 3, 2010 7:16 PM

    put a smile on my face

  20. Simdogga77 says: Jan 3, 2010 7:19 PM

    Yup, run is coming to an end.
    Divison champs and playoffs again!
    Man they suck lol

  21. boomtownrat25 says: Jan 3, 2010 7:21 PM

    I hope the reports are wrong and Welker will see the field in the near future. I’m a Dolphins fan and I can’t stand Welker when we play him. But it’s just a game and I think a lot of people forget sometimes that this is a job and an injury that serious could impact the way these guys make their living. To see someone suffer a serious injury like that, that could potentially damage his career permanently, it’s a terrible thing and I wouldn’t wish it on anyone. It’s especially hard for receivers to come back from major knee injuries so hopefully the reports aren’t accurate.
    Get well soon, Wes.

  22. The Jimmy says: Jan 3, 2010 7:21 PM

    That’s a shame for a freak thing like that to happen.
    I respect Pats for respecting the game and playing their players. Personally I hate to see teams backing into the playoffs with their starters on the bench.

  23. TheBigOldDog says: Jan 3, 2010 7:24 PM

    Beastie Bills,
    Check the earlier posts. They are there. Some of them have been deleted but other remain.

  24. TheBigOldDog says: Jan 3, 2010 7:29 PM

    # DocBG says: January 3, 2010 6:48 PM
    You’ve had a good run, but its over now.
    ____________________
    Maybe but they went to the AFC playoffs and were 1 play away from going to the Super Bowl in 06 with the likes of Reche Caldwell and Jabar Gaffney as their main receivers. Heck they went 11-5 with a backup QB who hadn’t started since High School last year and were kept out of the playoff on a fluke. So, if Wes Welker is the straw that breaks the camel’s back I’ll be pretty surprised since they’ve been grooming a kid who plays exactly like him. Maybe you noticed him during the game. He was the kid nobody could tackle.

  25. p ditty says: Jan 3, 2010 7:31 PM

    He got “Welkered”!!!

  26. LovinBlue says: Jan 3, 2010 7:32 PM

    @clavette – totally no need
    Shitty way to end a great year for a tough football player. Hope Wes recovers well.
    /Colts fan

  27. lurch's nyquil says: Jan 3, 2010 7:33 PM

    I wont comment about Wes, instead I will comment on what a friggin cry baby Tom Bunchen is. If somebody gets close to his knees he cries and whines. Its unreal. This is football. Get over yourself!
    ITS OVER for he Patriots and for that I couldnt be happier.

  28. TheWontonMan says: Jan 3, 2010 7:37 PM

    To bad that didn’t happen to brady! Was he really in the game until the last series an then pulled?

  29. Desertman says: Jan 3, 2010 7:38 PM

    the pats are pcs of crap for making him play today or any player with any talent.
    I laugh in the faces of the PATS playoff chances.
    LOSERSSS!!

  30. TheWontonMan says: Jan 3, 2010 7:44 PM

    To bad that didn’t happen to brady! Was he really in the game until the last series an then pulled?

  31. Steeler-lady says: Jan 3, 2010 7:45 PM

    What a shame we wont get to see his dynamics this post season…. Hope he gets well soon n it doesnt effect his carreer.

  32. Richm2256 says: Jan 3, 2010 7:49 PM

    lezmaka says:
    If the doctors believe it’s a torn ACL, even if only partially torn, then it will require surgery if he intends to play football again. The ACL cannot heal itself. A torn MCL can heal itself, but not an ACL.
    ————————————————
    Thank you for the diagnosis, Dr. Welby.

  33. McCormack10 says: Jan 3, 2010 7:50 PM

    Wes is by far the most exciting player to watch in the Pats offense. Randy is the best receiver, Tom is amazing, but when this dude has the ball in his hands he can wow you every time. As a fan of the game of football you must understand that talent like Welker needs to be on the field. Its just better for the game.
    Get well soon WW.

  34. st.michael says: Jan 3, 2010 7:51 PM

    I bet Mangini would have sat the stars this week.
    I bet Welker is faking it because he does not want to continue playing for an organization that CHEATS.
    Welker: a stand up guy for a cheating team.

  35. blackglass says: Jan 3, 2010 8:00 PM

    clavette says:
    January 3, 2010 7:16 PM
    put a smile on my face
    Is this what it’s come to, Florio? Pandering to these sub human pieces of shit….it’s just vile.

  36. redsquare says: Jan 3, 2010 8:05 PM

    Ah, that’s really crummy. It always is, no matter who the player, but it would have made the playoffs much more interesting to see the Pats at full strength. If they end up playing the “rested” Colts and lose, we’ll be able to hear Bill Polian laughing all the way from Indianapolis.
    I hope Welker has a speedy recovery. One of the best players in the game. Good luck, and good luck Pats.

  37. openfieldtackle says: Jan 3, 2010 8:07 PM

    I hate the PATS but respect them and the class act of Welker…
    Sad to see it! Get well soon and hope to play you in the playoffs next year.

  38. wwwmattcom says: Jan 3, 2010 8:12 PM

    9 months is a very safe estimate. He will be running around in 6 months minimum. You should see him again back in time for camps. Unless he is a poor healer.
    Wes will show Tom how to properly follow team protocol, by going to TEAM doctors and returning probably just where he left. However Wes is known for giving up his body. Will he still do that?
    Wes doesn’t have the rules Brady has at QB so he can’t run to the official about getting pushed.

  39. Klytus says: Jan 3, 2010 8:19 PM

    This is terrible news! It only diminishes the play in the post season. It’s probably good news for the Ravens.
    GO STEELERS!

  40. Vince says: Jan 3, 2010 8:20 PM

    Great football player. Hope you come back soon (from a STEELER fan)!

  41. Jungle Juice says: Jan 3, 2010 8:21 PM

    This is why you don’t play key players when you have nothing to gain.
    The Colts were right, and actually left starters in for too long.
    Hopefully the Bengals will rest their starters tonight and not risk injuring star players.

  42. 2brauneyz says: Jan 3, 2010 8:21 PM

    Beastie Bills, you must be new here. You should have heard the disgusting comments Brady drew when he went down last year. Yeah, we’ve got some real charmers here sometimes.
    To all true fans of football, here’s to a healthy, fair and exciting playoff season…

  43. KOM2K10 says: Jan 3, 2010 8:23 PM

    I’m a Colts fan but I hate to see this happen. He’s a tough guy that seems to be the heart and soul of this offense. Good thing for Pats fans is that it looks like there is a Wes Welker clone right behind him named Julius Edleman…
    On the other hand, it makes the Colts decision to start resting key players a little easier to swallow after seeing something like this…

  44. lurch's nyquil says: Jan 3, 2010 8:45 PM

    2brauneyz says:
    January 3, 2010 8:21 PM
    Beastie Bills, you must be new here. You should have heard the disgusting comments Brady drew when he went down last year. Yeah, we’ve got some real charmers here sometimes.
    To all true fans of football, here’s to a healthy, fair and exciting playoff season
    People say these things because they know it gets under Patriot Fans skin, and the fact they were caught cheating and they have a cry baby qb and they ran up the score on several teams a couple years ago. And last but not least they dominated the league for last couple of years. So stop crying. Nobody is actually happy he got hurt.

  45. wydok says: Jan 3, 2010 8:48 PM

    I don’t like the Patriots, but damn, that sucks.

  46. Area 51 says: Jan 3, 2010 8:52 PM

    Great player, teammate, leader and role model.

  47. Allied Biscuit says: Jan 3, 2010 9:51 PM

    absolute shame. if you beat the pats this year in the playoffs, you can’t say you beat the pats. sorry, but it’s true. it’s not legit without these guys.

  48. TheWizard says: Jan 3, 2010 9:54 PM

    Nobody is actually happy he got hurt.
    Word mean things when you’re a grown up.
    Be accountable for what you say, or shut up.

  49. Juveputazo says: Jan 3, 2010 10:21 PM

    “Wha wha wha don’t say mean comments about the pats” I watch the pats deteriorate and can only laugh muahaha!!!

  50. Murabma says: Jan 3, 2010 10:31 PM

    Not to be too much of a downer to Pats* fans, but as Bills fan I can attest to the fact that one of our receivers last year (James Hardy) had a torn ACL mid-way through the 2008 season (in early Nov., I believe) and started this year on the PUP list and never really seemed to come back this season, so counting on Welker for ANYTHING next year is mighty iffy if it’s indeed true he has an ACL. In fact, for someone who relies on his quicks and quick cuts, like Welker, it’s quite possible he may never be the same player, but we’ll see about that in the long run.
    In the meantime, I’d say that you all need two or three new receivers next season, considering that Randy’s 33 and a half by then and you’ve now go NO ONE behind him……

  51. WornFlorio says: Jan 3, 2010 11:56 PM

    blackglass says:
    January 3, 2010 6:45 PM
    Get well soon, Wes.
    Anyone celebrating a player getting injured should be ashamed of themselves. It is completely classless, and shows what a piece of scum you truly are.
    ________
    You mean like when many Pats fans celebrated all of the injuries to their rival teams over the years? Puhleeze. Get over yourselves, lame ass Pats fans. You and your team collectively have never had ANY class and pretending that you are all above the fray is pathetic.
    To Wes Welker, I wish a speedy recovery, as no player deserves to have to deal with the type of injury that he just suffered. To you lame Pats fans, on the other hand, GFY.

  52. BearDown30 says: Jan 4, 2010 10:50 AM

    Wow, that sucks for the Pats. This season they definitely seemed like they weren’t the powerhouse they were not too long ago, this injury will be a very big factor in their playoff performance.
    I hope he has a smooth and speedy recovery… they’re going to need him next season as Moss gets older.

  53. patsSB44champs says: Jan 4, 2010 11:42 AM

    To all well-wishers: Thank you. To all the haters: Have your fun in the sun.
    It is certainly a devastating loss for us heading into the playoffs. Talk about karma: He suffers the exact same injury Tom Brady had last year with Bernard Pollard on the field at the time.
    And unlike Brady, it might take Wes much longer to get back to 100%, if he ever makes it back that far. While Brady certainly had to get over the jitters, he has never been mobile anyway. Welker, on the other hand, is a receiver who plays a frenetic, agile game that requires his knees to be 100% in order to be effective. It is the ACL that enables you to stop, go, plant, and cut.
    Even if he heals physically (likely), he will have much more of a mental hurdle to overcome than Brady ever did (and Brady is only the most mentally tough player in the league). Welker suffered the injury while just running. In order for Welker to ever be effective again, he must first convince himself that he is 100% healed (and this can only take place after he heals physically).
    In other words, Welker is facing 100x the battle that Brady faced, and 90% of that is going to be from the neck up.

  54. patsSB44champs says: Jan 4, 2010 11:48 AM

    st.michael says:
    January 3, 2010 7:51 PM
    I bet Mangini would have sat the stars this week.
    I bet Welker is faking it because he does not want to continue playing for an organization that CHEATS.
    Welker: a stand up guy for a cheating team.
    _________________________
    You must be a Jets fan who is still pissed off that they didn’t sell alcohol last night. Oh well, some things never change.

  55. patsSB44champs says: Jan 4, 2010 11:51 AM

    WornFlorio says:
    January 3, 2010 11:56 PM
    blackglass says:
    January 3, 2010 6:45 PM
    Get well soon, Wes.
    Anyone celebrating a player getting injured should be ashamed of themselves. It is completely classless, and shows what a piece of scum you truly are.
    ________
    You mean like when many Pats fans celebrated all of the injuries to their rival teams over the years? Puhleeze. Get over yourselves, lame ass Pats fans. You and your team collectively have never had ANY class and pretending that you are all above the fray is pathetic.
    To Wes Welker, I wish a speedy recovery, as no player deserves to have to deal with the type of injury that he just suffered. To you lame Pats fans, on the other hand, GFY.
    __________________________
    I have no idea what you’re talking about. Is this something that an angel of the Lord whispered in your ear last night?

  56. Tiberime says: Jan 4, 2010 1:18 PM

    I am a Pats fan and to be honest i welcome a rebuilding period. I love the current players but the past several years got a bit boring just knowing your going to win before the game even starts. I know it sounds crazy but winning over and over and over and over it takes something away from the enjoyment.

  57. flamingo says: Jan 4, 2010 2:18 PM

    I’m a Charger fan, and am praying that the rest of the Pat’s stay healthy enough for Bolts to beat them like red-headed step-children here in San Diego.
    Missing Welker is unfortunate, gives them an excuse already . . . . .
    {:-o

  58. footballnut says: Jan 4, 2010 2:53 PM

    It sucks to lose a player like Welker…fun to watch, respectable player, great for the community, etc.
    And to lose him to a non contact injury is even worse. It’s the epitome of the Pats season this year, just when things seem to be getting on track, wham.
    They’ll handle the Ravens, but it’s a tough one in SD.
    Welker was out here and there and I am trying to remember if he was in the Ravens game back in October. Anyone recall?
    And BTW flamingo, no excuses here. If they lose to SD it’s because they lost to a better team. And if there were going to be excuses the Pats have more than just Welker’s injury.
    WornFlorio…remember when Polamalu was first out in the beginning of the year…there’s was nothing but praise and hoping for his return by most Pats fans on this board. He’s a great player who’s fun to watch. You’re one of the few that seems to take these things personally. But whatever man, if it makes you happy to thrash fans of the Pats or other teams have at it.

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