A couple of days ago a report surfaced that Patriots wide receiver Wes Welker could be cleared to fully participate in training camp, from the very first day.
But even if Welker is cleared, coach Bill Belichick might decide to hold Welker back.
Patriots beat reporter Mike Reiss noted on ESPNews today that Belichick may think it makes more sense to play it safe with Welker and keep him out of some drills that could tax his surgically repaired knee, even if the medical staff says Welker is ready to go. The thinking is that Belichick is a lot more concerned about having Welker on the field for Week One of the regular season than he is about having Welker on the field for Day One of training camp.
That makes sense. And as Reiss pointed out, the mere fact that Welker appears to be on track to play in the Patriots’ 2010 opener just nine months after suffering a torn ACL in the Patriots’ 2009 finale is a significant accomplishment.