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Report: Welker expected to participate in training camp on day one

W. Welker1.jpgWes Welker’s surprisingly fast recovery from ACL surgery is expected to take a big step on the first day of training camp.

The Gresh and Zo [Scott Zolak] Show on 98.5 The Sports Hub in Boston reports that Welker will be a full participant in training camp immediately.  With that said, they admit that he hasn’t been officially cleared medically yet and the Patriots can pick and choose what drills he will participate in. 

If the report proves true, that means Welker won’t be placed on the active/PUP list to start camp, which is a mild surprise.  This would eliminate the possibility that Welker could miss the first six games of the season, and increase the likelihood that Welker could be ready for Week One.

We’re a little cautious about passing along the report, because the army of quality Patriots beat writers haven’t uncovered this one yet.  Can we get a confirmation, people?

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33 Responses to “Report: Welker expected to participate in training camp on day one”
  1. Batman says: Jul 23, 2010 4:14 PM

    What a beast!!
    check him for HGH

  2. merrillhodgestoupee says: Jul 23, 2010 4:14 PM

    getting the other players water does not mean you participate in camp.
    That is high quality H2O

  3. eat50eggs says: Jul 23, 2010 4:15 PM

    Not to nitpick, but Welker could still miss the any or all of the first 6 weeks of the season even if he weren’t on PUP, by being Inactive on game day(s), right?

  4. ampats says: Jul 23, 2010 4:22 PM

    Maybe because Zo has the inside track on what goes on inside the Patriots lockerroom being a former player and host of the Patriots weekly show. He is personally friendly with many players including TB.
    Unfortunately, most of the current writers that cover the Patriots are hacks and the only writer in the Boston area that has any knowledge is Mike Reiss .
    The writers that cover the team do not have the access that Zo has.

  5. Nyjets31 says: Jul 23, 2010 4:24 PM

    Yeah ,it goes like this : Wes you ride the stationary bike till we tell you to get off of it.(WES) when’s that going to be:(PATS) October………there’s his camp participation

  6. picspatriots says: Jul 23, 2010 4:24 PM

    That wouldn’t be advantageous for the Pats. Teams don’t take up roster spots with injured guys who can’t contribute.

  7. BleedingSilverAndBlack says: Jul 23, 2010 4:26 PM

    The Rats will get him back. That’s good to know.

  8. PFTiswhatitis says: Jul 23, 2010 4:28 PM

    If Zo says its so then its so…

  9. MistrezzRachael says: Jul 23, 2010 4:28 PM

    I do not care what team you root for….but anyone who doesn’t admire or respect Welker isn’t a fan of the NFL..He’s real & a tough son of a gun.
    With all the crap going on ….hearing stories like this shows the mental strength some of these guys have.
    Almost assuredly…the only fans who root for opposing team injuries are jet fans…Kinda like penis envy…jet fans have Championship envy.

  10. OJ SIMPSON says: Jul 23, 2010 4:28 PM

    ditto batman

  11. tb2010 says: Jul 23, 2010 4:28 PM

    Mike Reiss is the only decent sports writer covering the Patriots. He’s great. And if he hasn’t heard anything, I would imagine this is just conjecture based on a report from a few weeks ago that said Welker would participate “at some point” in camp. But that’s dangerous. If he doesn’t start on PUP it’s a waste of a roster spot if he has to be “inactive”.

  12. myspaceyourface says: Jul 23, 2010 4:30 PM

    ROIDney Harrison showed the quick way to heal.

  13. ampats says: Jul 23, 2010 4:37 PM

    Nice shot Miztress Rachel !

  14. HomelandDefense says: Jul 23, 2010 4:44 PM

    Gresh and Zo have tons of sources both in the organization and with the beat writers. I dont doubt this report one bit.
    Plus Welker was witnessed running full speed and making cuts in OTA’s.

  15. Nyjets31 says: Jul 23, 2010 4:47 PM

    MistrezzRachael says:
    July 23, 2010 4:28 PM
    I do not care what team you root for….but anyone who doesn’t admire or respect Welker isn’t a fan of the NFL..He’s real & a tough son of a gun.
    With all the crap going on ….hearing stories like this shows the mental strength some of these guys have.
    Almost assuredly…the only fans who root for opposing team injuries are jet fans…Kinda like penis envy…jet fans have Championship envy
    Never said I was rooting for his injury you MORON , I was stating he’s not ready to comeback yet ,this usually a 10 month to 1yr recovery ,its been 8 months ,read between the lines already

  16. polakojones says: Jul 23, 2010 4:53 PM

    I’m a Bills fan, but Wes Welker is a freak. You wanna see a football player, look no further than him. Way to go Wes!

  17. sabotslugs43 says: Jul 23, 2010 4:54 PM

    Completely plausible as Welker’s “youth” is considerably less than that of other highly utilitzed receivers. I think most people know that those few years in San Diego and Miami were ones where he did not produce as much therefore doesnt have the wear and tear on his body as other receivers at his age. He can simply heal quicker.
    Also, everybody heals at different rates and since Wes is ridiculsously awesome, he heals quicker than most.
    “F&*K it, we’ll do it live!!”-Bill O’Reilly

  18. Matt Walsh says: Jul 23, 2010 5:05 PM

    Rodney Harrison was kind enough to give Wes his leftover HGH.

  19. lowleadman says: Jul 23, 2010 5:19 PM

    ampats
    You are absolutely right. We used to have great writers in Beantown. Will McDonough would have been the top NFL writer for any paper in the country and we were glad to have him. I also enjoyed Nick Cafardo as well. Reiss was the lone beacon left. It’s disturbing to see what’s left regardless of what Boston paper you read.

  20. Al Davis is my Christ says: Jul 23, 2010 5:44 PM

    Reiss is good, but he’s not the only good writer for the Pats. The writers at PFW (Perillo and Hart esp. ) do a hell of a job. If this turns out to be HGH it’s not just a shame for the Pats it’s a shame for the whole league because it’s true that if you love football you have to respect guys like Welker

  21. SeriousRadio says: Jul 23, 2010 5:50 PM

    Odds are that Welker may rush back early, but will get reinjured early as well. Defenders will grow weary of his ticky tack routes and take him out. All’s fair in love, war, and football.

  22. SomeFans says: Jul 23, 2010 5:59 PM

    the jets wouldnt know anything about winners…. they do however have wrecks who likes to cry when he loses.

  23. BostonISaChraphole says: Jul 23, 2010 6:00 PM

    This is obvious HGH use. This guy is a little sh!t, hes a dink and dunk player, and watching him cry when he failed a couple years ago in the playoffs was so wonderful to see.
    Im sure Rodney HGH Harrison hooked him up with some of the clear this offseason, nobody recovers from that proceedure that quickly without help, sorry just doesnt work that way. If he is at camp day 1 and doing anything an investigation should be conducted.

  24. rusH1023 says: Jul 23, 2010 6:09 PM

    Nyjets31 says:
    Yeah ,it goes like this : Wes you ride the stationary bike till we tell you to get off of it.(WES) when’s that going to be:(PATS) October………ther e’s his camp participation
    ____________________________________
    Comments like this make me scratch my head.. It’s not funny. It’s not derogatory. It’s just.. nothing.

  25. Steeler fans are tools says: Jul 23, 2010 6:53 PM

    Ask Thomas Davis if its a good idea to come back early from that injury….

  26. JoeSixPack says: Jul 23, 2010 7:21 PM

    While I wouldn’t be surprised to see Welker exceed all expectations and avoid the PUP, this is just a 50/50 gamble by a radio station trying to compete with WEEI and gain a ratings boost.
    Zolak and Gresh are decent hosts but are also shrewd enough to make an unsubstantiated statement so they can claim “You heard it here first” if it comes true.
    If it’s not true then their source just understimated Belichick being cautious.
    A worthwhile risk.

  27. BostonISaChraphole says: Jul 23, 2010 7:24 PM

    Wes is really nothing special at all. Little dink and dunk guy.

  28. FinFan68 says: Jul 23, 2010 7:38 PM

    One of my favorite players…Quick cuts are a huge part of his skills and it remains to be seen if he can do that at game speed come week 1. I hope he can play all year…that will eliminate one of the Patriots’ excuses when the Dolphins win the division. :)

  29. Patriots51 says: Jul 23, 2010 8:36 PM

    BleedingSilverAndBlack says:
    July 23, 2010 4:26 PM
    The Rats will get him back. That’s good to know.
    Thank you in advance for the first pick in the 2011 NFL draft.. its good to know oakland always and will always suck

  30. b033011 says: Jul 23, 2010 10:05 PM

    “We’re a little cautious about passing along the report, because the army of quality Patriots beat writers haven’t uncovered this one yet. Can we get a confirmation, people?”
    Hahahahahaha, but you wont hesitate to publish an idiot story from John Clayton that has no source on Brady holding out. Typical Florio BS.

  31. BCGreg says: Jul 24, 2010 12:55 AM

    @Mistrezz Rachael
    You are so right. It extends to Jet players too. The Jets had a D-Lineman by the name of Ron Stallworth who when noticing that Patriot QB Steve Grogan was down injured, proceeded to cheer the injury. A disgusting display of unsportsmanlike behavior that was cheered by all Jet fans at the Meadowlands.
    Granted with Grogan hurt, that meant Tony Eason had to play. So, I understand Mr Stallworth’s exhuberance, but still!

  32. BCGreg says: Jul 24, 2010 1:01 AM

    @ BostonIsaChraphole
    No one recovers that fast?
    I seem to remember one Rod Woodson shred his knee if not in week 1 then in the preseason one year, and he came back and played in the SB that same year (mid 90s?). This happened when the ACL surgeries were much more invasive than they are now. So, it has been proven that it can be done.
    But, to keep pace with the Patriot haters, maybe he used some of the left over steroids from the 70s Pittsburgh titles that were still lyin’ around. I hope he sent Jack Lambert a thank you.
    So, bite me!

  33. GRpatriot says: Jul 24, 2010 10:25 AM

    You know of course that Welkers numbers over the last 3 years puts him in elite company. Jerry Rice and Marvin Harrison.
    Welker is amazingly hard to cover, for his size he is one tough SOB… I think this is great news for Pats fans and Tom Brady. It shouldn’t be shocking, Wes and Tom have been working out together at UCLA to get ready for camp!
    I’d love to see him catch up to Harrison and Rice! He bust his ass to get back and he is a competitor. I’m glad he’s a Patriot!

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