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Welker suited up for Wednesday practice

In a pleasant and relatively stunning surprise for the Patriots, slot receiver Wes Welker was in uniform and participating in drills during Wednesday morning’s OTA practice.

Welker tore his ACL and damaged his MCL late last season.  He also needed offseason surgery to repair a torn rotator cuff.  Before Wednesday, it was widely believed that Welker would not be ready for Opening Day, and that he might miss the first six weeks of the season on the reserve/PUP list.
According to Albert Breer of the Boston Globe, Welker participated in pre-practice stretching and high knee bag drills before the team put the kibosh on reporters tweeting from practice.
Observed Breer in conclusion, “My opinion on Welker timetable has changed.  Drastically.”
While it’s uncertain if Welker made any cuts on his reconstructed knee, it seems clear that his recovery is well ahead of schedule.
The career overachiever continues to defy the odds.
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36 Responses to “Welker suited up for Wednesday practice”
  1. GRpatriot says: Jun 2, 2010 11:27 AM

    WOW! Smokescreen?

  2. Ryan_Mack says: Jun 2, 2010 11:28 AM

    This is huge for my fantasy team.
    Thanks for your hard work Wes.

  3. KnuckleBucket says: Jun 2, 2010 11:30 AM

    This guy is unbelievable. If he can be ready for week one then the pats chances this year just got a lot better.

  4. the_firm_09 says: Jun 2, 2010 11:31 AM

    Hey Wes , go over the middle ok ? Since Randy is afraid , you need to be our possession guy . Way to take 1 for the team and since were not a very loyal franchise you`ll be a Ram down the road ( Welcome Back ) .

  5. Marino13 says: Jun 2, 2010 11:32 AM

    Is there anyone not rooting for this guy…he is the man!

  6. The Real Shuxion says: Jun 2, 2010 11:34 AM

    Did it cost 6 million dollars to reconstruct him?
    Unlike Peter Griffin:
    We have the technology, but I don’t want to spend a lot of money.

  7. Doctor Connors says: Jun 2, 2010 11:37 AM

    Why is this shocking? The guy is tough as nails.
    Also, would the guy who goes by the name of “Hap” tell his mom to stop sending me naughty text messages? I’m not in a MILF mood right now.

  8. Busch1724 says: Jun 2, 2010 11:41 AM

    test him, gotta be some roids…sarcasm mode on.

  9. WarPath says: Jun 2, 2010 11:42 AM

    This guy is ridiculous. Welker is working his tail off to be ready to play, and Randy is working his tail off to be ready to get paid.
    Pride…its got many definitions.

  10. 8man says: Jun 2, 2010 11:47 AM

    I’m sure there is still a lot of work to be done. But it clearly looks as if he will be able to contribute this year.
    And maybe earlier than week 7, when most players put on the PUP list come off of it.
    Good stuff. Good luck, Wes.

  11. subzero2401 says: Jun 2, 2010 11:49 AM

    Pats need all the help they can get. Everyone knows the AFC East runs through New York in 2010.

  12. GRpatriot says: Jun 2, 2010 11:52 AM

    Welker wasn’t all that until he became a Patriot!
    Stretching doesn’t mean he’s ready to go…
    BB will not risk it, until he gets medical clearence.
    Breer didn’t say alot. Just enough to get some folks excited. I would be lying if I said this isn’t good news, catiously optimistic news.

  13. db3300 says: Jun 2, 2010 11:54 AM

    I wouldn’t start taking out another mortgage to put into your Super Bowl bet. The guy is 29 and coming off of major knee surgery. Maybe some of you young guys can come back to play that quickly with two-below in the street and tackle in the grass during your annual Thanksgiving game with your brothers but the body starts giving up on you at around 30 and a blown ACL isn’t easy to come back from when you make your living making a lot of cuts on artificial turf. The NFL is littered with guys who were never quite the same.

  14. BenRapistberger says: Jun 2, 2010 11:55 AM

    Wow, this is incredible. Biggest NFL news story I’ve seen in awhile, and just made my day.

  15. nepatzfanatic54 says: Jun 2, 2010 11:59 AM

    MIGHTY MOUSE IS BACK!!!!!!!!

  16. Calgaryfin says: Jun 2, 2010 12:17 PM

    Subzero….AFC East runs through NY.
    We all know what runs through NY and it pours out the Hudson.

  17. EverybodyGotAIDS says: Jun 2, 2010 12:20 PM

    I’m just surprised he can still run. Balls that big must get in the way.

  18. SeriousRadio says: Jun 2, 2010 12:36 PM

    Here is Florio getting his Pat fan followers awake. If they are such avid fans, they should have read this article directly in the Globe. The rest of the league hopes Welker comes back too soon. It is the surest way for him to miss the season.

  19. Politely Stoned says: Jun 2, 2010 12:41 PM

    subzero2401, you are sorely mistaken if you think the Jets will finish ahead of the Patriots or Miami. The Jets backed into the playoffs and only beat a weak Cincy team and let’s face it, everyone beats San Diego in the playoffs.
    If Matt Ryan can go from rookie of the year to the season he had in year 2, then look for Sanchez (Spanish for turnover) to have another sub par season.
    I can’t see Shon Greene and Tomlinson producing what Thomas Jones and Leon Washington did. Then you look at the Jets schedule home against the Ravens (loss) then Brady and New England on just six days rest (loss) then at Miami (loss), the Jets could have an awful season the more I look at the numbers and moves.
    Patriots 12-4
    Dolphins 10-6
    Jets 7-9
    Bills 4-12

  20. finsbooyah says: Jun 2, 2010 12:49 PM

    GRpatriot says:
    June 2, 2010 11:52 AM
    Welker wasn’t all that until he became a Patriot!
    No way man. Welker was awesome when he was on the Dolphins… It was just that he was the #1 WR and his QB’s were Pullpecker, Ferrote (I have no clue how to spell his name), and AJ Feely. Not too mention Miami had one of the worst O-Lines in the league during those years. It’s not exactly an enviroment that breeds success.

  21. Patriots51 says: Jun 2, 2010 1:05 PM

    SeriousRadio says:
    June 2, 2010 12:36 PM
    Here is Florio getting his Pat fan followers awake. If they are such avid fans, they should have read this article directly in the Globe. The rest of the league hopes Welker comes back too soon. It is the surest way for him to miss the season
    If you were a Pats fan… you’d know Patriots fans DONT read the globe… or the herald actually…

  22. ItalianArmyGuy says: Jun 2, 2010 1:06 PM

    Welker – get that stinkin’ knee ready. I don’t want you to have any excuses when Ryan Clark hands you your a$$ again on Nov. 14th at Heinz Field pal

  23. geek says: Jun 2, 2010 1:18 PM

    OK, lets address a few issues: Silva wrote this, not Florio (so Florio is motivating noone), New York is currently in a 4-way tie for first in the division, and they will be until someone knocks them out of it. So technically, the AFC East does run through NY. It won’t end there.
    Finally, I’m sure HGH allegations will come up soon if hey haven’t already. Let’s just see how things look in August and September before me make any big leaps. Welker is amazing, and even dances better than me. I hope he has many more years of success as a Patriot. These news teasers are hardly worth the virtual paper they aren’t printed on…

  24. Unbreakable02215 says: Jun 2, 2010 1:25 PM

    Medical breakthru has been achieved !!!
    Rehab at the Playboy Mansion is the next big thing in medicine !

  25. Florio-is-a-tool says: Jun 2, 2010 1:34 PM

    Keep things in perspective – this is news from Breer, not exactly a source of good information.

  26. I♥Patriots says: Jun 2, 2010 1:36 PM

    # SeriousRadio says: June 2, 2010 12:36 PM
    Here is Florio getting his Pat fan followers awake. If they are such avid fans, they should have read this article directly in the Globe. The rest of the league hopes Welker comes back too soon. It is the surest way for him to miss the season.
    ====================================
    WTF is that even supposed to mean?
    Most of us read more than just Breer’s report, and most of us have been awake for a while now, as most of us are at work, not mom’s basement.
    Do you really think that the Pat’s medical staff is stupid enough to let Wes do too much? I am sure that the trainers, etc are limiting him. Maybe he won’t go to PUP like was assumed by most. No matter what, he is a tough MF’er!!!

  27. Matt.Walsh says: Jun 2, 2010 1:40 PM

    subzero2401 says:
    June 2, 2010 11:49 AM
    Pats need all the help they can get. Everyone knows the AFC East runs through New York in 2010.
    HAHAHAHAHAHAHA….yea ok..Jets 8-8

  28. I♥Patriots says: Jun 2, 2010 1:48 PM

    # ItalianArmyGuy says: June 2, 2010 1:06 PM
    Welker – get that stinkin’ knee ready. I don’t want you to have any excuses when Ryan Clark hands you your a$$ again on Nov. 14th at Heinz Field pal
    =====================================
    I can’t wait for your disappearance when the Steelers suck and the Pats destroy you.
    Ryan Clark didn’t hand him his ass, yeah, he took a cheap shot at Wes and leveled him, but Wes got right back up and played the rest of the game. I just watched the video of it, Wes did not even have the ball!!!

  29. GRpatriot says: Jun 2, 2010 1:50 PM

    @IAG I only wish I could be there….
    Who was that safety that was talking smack?
    BB and Brady designed a couple of plays just to burn him. It might have been the only time I heard BB bad mouth a player!
    Better hope Troy stays healthy.
    Yeah, I remember that hit. It wasn’t as bad as the Boldin hit. As they say in Hockey, Ryan better keep his head up! A TE might want to take some liberties for a little payback???

  30. stanjam says: Jun 2, 2010 1:51 PM

    The road runs through NY, eh?
    What do the Jets have? They traded away their best running back. They were allowed into the playoffs, only to get creamed, and they just hired a bunch more prima donnas to add to the mix. That always goes well, right?
    Meanwhile the Pats have made both sides of the ball better. Added some real talent on defense, corner and linebackers. crable is healthy, and can give it a go. on offense we have Moss, Holt, Welker (probably on PUP to start), Edelman, Price, and Tate, who is finally healthy. We have Vollmer fully in the mix to help protect Brady. Oh, did I mention moss is in a contract year? He had one before, and set some NFL records.
    Yeah, the road runs through NY, like a Mack truck driving straight through the throughway, running over the Jets on its way. Heck, the jets aren’t even the second best team in the conference.

  31. Jonky says: Jun 2, 2010 2:32 PM

    Stanjam if you can’t see how the only AFCEast team that actually won playoff games last year improved and you think the Cheatriots have, then you must be on some extremely serious meds. No video and the Cheatriots are the third best team in the division.
    The Cheatriots rank right up there with the 1919 Chicago Black Sox. Belisheet has forever tarnished the integrity of the NFL. That is the new england legacy! Live with it.

  32. PFTiswhatitis says: Jun 2, 2010 2:36 PM

    “subzero2401 says:
    June 2, 2010 11:49 AM
    Pats need all the help they can get. Everyone knows the AFC East runs through New York in 2010. ”
    Hahahahaha! LMAO. That’s one of the funniest posts I’ve ever read on PFT.

  33. godofwine says: Jun 2, 2010 2:51 PM

    If Wes Welker is almost healed (51% or higher) or pretending to be so it is only because of the uncertainty in football. The ONLY way you get your job back after an injury is if NOBODY steps up to take your place. Last year Julian Edelman looked decent enough in Welker’s shoes that made Wes know that if he isn’t healed or close to it by September he might not get his job back. Maybe he can do it, maybe he can’t. But the TRY is for fear of losing his job permanently.

  34. paul says: Jun 2, 2010 3:11 PM

    I think he still misses the first few weeks. Kind of crazy for him to push it. Then again this guy is a freak and only knows how to work hard. Moss is in his walk year and you can bet your ass he will have a good year.

  35. I♥Patriots says: Jun 2, 2010 3:17 PM

    # godofwine says: June 2, 2010 2:51 PM
    If Wes Welker is almost healed (51% or higher) or pretending to be so it is only because of the uncertainty in football. The ONLY way you get your job back after an injury is if NOBODY steps up to take your place. Last year Julian Edelman looked decent enough in Welker’s shoes that made Wes know that if he isn’t healed or close to it by September he might not get his job back. Maybe he can do it, maybe he can’t. But the TRY is for fear of losing his job permanently.
    ====================================
    Are you on crack? Wes Welker will not lose his job.
    @jonky:
    Do you realize that AFTER camera-gate the Pats broke just about every record out there and had a better winning percentage than before?
    Last I checked, the Pats won the division. Jesters: 2-4 in the division.

  36. Grkboiler says: Jun 2, 2010 5:33 PM

    Some people wear Superman pj’s.
    Superman wears Wes Welker pj’s.

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