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Bill Belichick may play it safe with Wes Welker

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.

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15 Responses to “Bill Belichick may play it safe with Wes Welker”
  1. Graham Baird says: Jul 25, 2010 3:27 PM

    Belichick will definitely play it safe.
    Ted Johnson

  2. Massappeal says: Jul 25, 2010 3:44 PM

    Even the jets could come up with a decision like that.

  3. onlymyopinionmatters says: Jul 25, 2010 4:05 PM

    “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”.
    NOOOOOOOOO! Really?????? That makes sense?????
    Oh my gosh, now I know why Belichick is referred to as a “genius” by ESPN and the east coast media! Wow, I never EVER would have come up with the brilliant idea of making sure Welker was available for the regular sason instead of training camp.
    Boy, I wish I were as smart as the genius. I’m so glad to the Patriots lap dog writer Mike Reis, and PFT’s own Michael David Smith for pointing out how brilliant BB is to all of us AGAIN, lest we somehow forgot.

  4. Belichick for President says: Jul 25, 2010 5:46 PM

    “East Coast media”? Seriously, dude. Don’t hate because you don’t live there.

  5. JesseJames says: Jul 25, 2010 5:50 PM

    @Graham Baird
    I just laughed so hard that I think I popped a blood vessel in my forehead.

  6. trademcscab says: Jul 25, 2010 6:05 PM

    That dude sounds like a pissed off jets fan…………..i guess he has good reason considering they paid for half a stadium that is named after another team

  7. patsfanlisa says: Jul 25, 2010 6:05 PM

    Hey, OMOM, are you really ItalianArmyGuy with a new name?

  8. Murabma says: Jul 25, 2010 6:56 PM

    Back from an ACL in less than 9 months? That HGH is a helluva drug, just ask Rodney…..

  9. Roll Tide NJ says: Jul 25, 2010 7:11 PM

    Doesn’t ESPN have studios in LA? I believe they also have a web site for the city of angels. Nice try though.

  10. onlymyopinionmatters says: Jul 25, 2010 8:15 PM

    No, I am not ItalianArmyGuy. but I did hear that you look just like Susan Boyle.

  11. onlymyopinionmatters says: Jul 25, 2010 8:25 PM

    belichick For President and PatsFanLisa;;;
    What would someone expect from bandwagon Pats fans. How many minutes before halftime did you two leave during the Ravens smackdown of your “team” last year??? Stadium was 1/3 full in the 3rd quarter.
    Crystal ball says Brady will still cry and whine to the officials while hopping around on one leg whenever anyone gets near his blown out leg. I believe they call those actions by sissies a “flopper”.
    Crystal ball also says Lisa will not be able to shed those 85 pounds she desperatly needs to lose, but will continue to be confused with Susan Boyle.

  12. sabotslugs43 says: Jul 25, 2010 10:01 PM

    Crystal ball says that you are a tool.
    What team do you root for?

  13. BCGreg says: Jul 25, 2010 11:08 PM

    OMOM roots for Man U. Oops, wrong football, douchebag.
    He won’t tell you who he roots for. He’s afraid we’ll laugh at him.

  14. Spiny Norman says: Jul 25, 2010 11:34 PM

    The envious continue to prattle on….

  15. NFLFokker says: Jul 26, 2010 9:03 AM

    Lets see…surgically repaired right knee, Bellicheat will either not have him on the injury report, or he’ll do like he did with Brady’s bad knee, and put him down for a shoulder injury.

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