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.