Wes Welker could play tomorrow

W. Welker4.jpgWe’ve wasted a lot of energy over the last week focusing on whether Patriots wide receiver Wes Welker will start training camp on the active/PUP list or not.

Ultimately, his designation during the first few days of training camp is incidental compared to the Patriots’ plan for him.  Albert Breer of the Boston Globe writes that Welker could be cleared to play in a game tomorrow, and he’s expected to get some preseason action.

In the meantime, the team will try to exercise caution and try to save Welker from himself.  Once they set Welker free, it will be hard to get him to slow down. 

The bottom line is that the Patriots and Welker plan for him to be available for the season opener against Terrell Owens and the Bengals.

21 responses to “Wes Welker could play tomorrow

  1. You know Fred Savage, through all the ridiculous “will Welker start the season” talk…When are one of you “experts” gonna show a recent correlation of NFL starting WRs who have returned and performed well or not in under a year from their acl surgery.
    I count Jerry Rice and Javon Walker as the only two starting WRs in the last 10 years or so to return from acl surgery. Rice returned from his acl surgery in 6 months and went on to a Pro Bowl season. Walker returned in 8 months and had the best season of his career. Welker will be just about at 9 months on week one…granted the sample size is small, but it’s all we have and should be worth noting when discussing Welker’s recovery.
    And remember, the WR position isn’t the same as the RB position in that WRs are not being taken down by 250-350 lb guys on every play…big difference in the pressure testing of the knee between the two positions.

  2. See, the fact that everyone is going to refer to it now as “Terrell Owens and the Bengals” is why bringing him aboard was the stupidest move in Bengals history. Ocho ain’t gonna like it, no matter how good a friend Owens is. I’ll never understand why they decided to become the island of lost football players.
    Oh, and Welker is the man. Whenever he’s back on the field, he will destroy, as always. End of story.

  3. That will be unreal if he’s ready to go in the opener. Especially with how he relies on his knees to start/stop and change direction. Welker is the best damn slot receiver in the league.

  4. “See, the fact that everyone is going to refer to it now as “Terrell Owens and the Bengals”
    They just signed him yesterday relax. During the season they wont advertise it as “T.O and the Bengals” unless hes killing and deserves it. Everyone knows its “Cedric Benson and the Bengals”

  5. he might be able to play tomorrow but he won’t be the same player he was before the injury. he will be more hesitant and more afraid to take a hit. I had the same injury as he had and it took me a whole year to be able to play sports as well as before the injury

  6. “Oh, and Welker is the man. Whenever he’s back on the field, he will destroy, as always. End of story.”
    Its funny. As soon as Welker started to “destroy” as always. How many super bowls have the Pats won? Oh.

  7. CarlHess1 says:
    July 28, 2010 9:17 AM
    Wes Welker reminds me a lot of Wayne Chrebet.
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    Yeah, he’s a white WR.

  8. Why would Welker be going against TO in week one? Is Welker playing defense? Enough w/ the nonsensicalness of your foolishness.

  9. I would be surprised if he plays in preseason actually. The other guys need the time with TB who is hopefully back on track this year. TB and WW are connected on the field already and have been working out together throwing & catching for a lot of the offseason.

  10. CarlHess1
    I couldn’t agree with you more and as a Jet fan it pains me to see him on the wrong team ha.

  11. @go big green
    As a Jets fan what has your team won in the last 40 years ?
    Other than backing into the playoffs last year with 2 gifts from the Bungles and Colts the Jets have done nothing in a looonnnnngggg time and won’t get the same breaks this year they did last year.

  12. ….and there isn’t a person on this board yesterday, today or any other day that wouldn’t want Welker on his or her team.
    ‘Nuff said.

  13. HarrisonHits says:
    @go big green
    As a Jets fan what has your team won in the last 40 years?
    Other than backing into the playoffs last year with 2 gifts from the Bungles and Colts the Jets have done nothing in a looonnnnngggg time and won’t get the same breaks this year they did last year.
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    He was clearly joking.

  14. Hess…In what way does he remind you of Chrebet???..His height, skin color, jersey number???
    Chrebet was a good player…but to compare him to Welker is absurd.!!!!
    jet fans look @ NFL thru 3-D glasses…although they’ve won zero in 42 years. Come to grips…jets laughingstock of NFL w/Raiders..only Raiders have won something.

  15. @ Asswipe Johnson (Pronounced Asswipe)
    Welker injured his knee 1/3/10. He didn’t have his surgery until about 4-6 weeks later. So, when the season starts, it will be 9 months since the injury but about 8 months since the surgery.
    And Welker does not get taken down by big lineman. True. It’s usually “smaller” LBs and DBs, but his game is predicated on quickness and cutting ability. Those attributes will be severely tested this year. If he makes it through the year with out reinjuring the knee, then he will not be the same until at least 2011.
    Rice tore his ACL in Week 1 against TB in 1997. He came back early and broke his kneecap in week 15 because his leg wasn’t fully healed. He did make the Pro Bowl in 1998, but he’s Jerry Rice. Of course he was going to the Pro Bowl. He actually made the Pro Bowl with his worst stats of all of his 13 Pro Bowl seasons. Like I said. He’s Jerry Rice. Rice did not make the Pro Bowl again until 2002, his final appearance.
    Javon Walker tore his knee at the beginning of the 2005 season. He missed the whole year. In 2006, he forced his way out of GB to Denver where he had a nice year, but he did not make the Pro Bowl. Walker only made one Pro Bowl. 2004. Before he tore his knee.
    We’ll see what Welker can do, but he won’t be “right” this year. Maybe in 2011.

  16. They ought to use Welker as the pilot tester for the new HGH testing. Anyone else think its ludicrous and unnatural at how quickly he is returning from injury?

  17. BCGreg says: July 28, 2010 1:52 PM
    Rice tore his ACL in Week 1 against TB in 1997. He came back early and broke his kneecap in week 15 because his leg wasn’t fully healed.
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    So you are actually gonna claim his broken kneecap was due to a previous acl surgery? I’ll bet you’re one helluva snake oil salesman…

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