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Bill Belichick: "I don't know" if Wes Welker will go

Patriots coach Bill Belichick offered a detailed report today about receiver Wes Welker’s surgically repaired knee, providing an in-depth account of the team doctors’ diagnosis and an explanation of exactly what Welker will do in Thursday’s preseason opener against the Saints.

Just kidding. Actually, Belichick said he doesn’t know if Welker will play on Thursday, and he did what he always does when asked about an injured player: He declined to get into specifics.

“We’ll see how it goes yesterday and today and make a decision on that,” Belichick said when asked if Welker can play Thursday. “I don’t know. I’m not saying he will. I’m not saying he won’t. We’ll evaluate it and see.”

Welker suffered a torn ACL in the Patriots’ regular-season finale just over seven months ago, and at the time it seemed unlikely that Welker could play in the 2010 regular-season opener, let alone the preseason opener. So the mere fact that it hasn’t been ruled out is great news.

And Welker’s performance on the practice field has been great news as well. He was a full participant in the team’s joint practices with the Saints this week, and he made the play of the day to win the teams’ simulated game, leaping to catch a Tom Brady pass in the back corner of the end zone and coming down with the ball and both fee in bounds.

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14 Responses to “Bill Belichick: "I don't know" if Wes Welker will go”
  1. 12to81GoPats says: Aug 11, 2010 4:27 PM

    just keep him out of the exhibition games altogether, I can wait to see him in September.

  2. Doctor Connors says: Aug 11, 2010 4:30 PM

    So, from what I gather, what you’re saying is, Welker could play, but he could not.

  3. AbeFreshly says: Aug 11, 2010 4:34 PM

    I hate the Pats, but Wes is hard to hate. He’s a tough li’l MOFO!

  4. august says: Aug 11, 2010 4:45 PM

    his injury must not have been that bad. maybe a partial tear? how would we know?

  5. ampats says: Aug 11, 2010 4:48 PM

    Taking a cue from Rex Ryan,BB said the team is cancelling practice to meet with Logan Mankins and discuss his contract.

  6. JimmySmith says: Aug 11, 2010 4:58 PM

    Most likely needs to view the video tape before making a final decision.

  7. Burritto says: Aug 11, 2010 5:16 PM

    “coming down with the ball and both fee in bounds.”
    But did he gets his fi-fo-fum in bounds?

  8. ampats says: Aug 11, 2010 5:25 PM

    Jimmy Smith,
    The problem is that the cameraman was stoned on the crank he got from J Jolly and it fell in the hot tub where Mark Chumura was raping a 17 year old in the Green Bay suburb.

  9. BP says: Aug 11, 2010 5:28 PM

    “We’ll see how it goes yesterday and today and make a decision on that,”
    BB hasn’t experienced yesterday yet?

  10. TheWizard says: Aug 11, 2010 5:33 PM

    Patriots coach Bill Belichick offered a detailed report today
    I fell for it briefly.

  11. CKL says: Aug 11, 2010 5:44 PM

    LOL @ burritto…good one!
    WW needs to prove to himself he can get hit & get up. Throw him in there IF he is ready in presason game #3 with all the starters.

  12. spudz says: Aug 11, 2010 5:48 PM

    Bill is so good he doesnt experience yesterday until tomorrow…..

  13. BCGreg says: Aug 11, 2010 6:48 PM

    We’ll see how it goes yesterday?
    See, haters. It wasn’t cameras. It was a time machine.

  14. Huskersrock says: Aug 11, 2010 9:52 PM

    Let him sit until the opener. Rest taht knee Welker.

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