According to Gresh and Zolak on The Sports Hub 98.5, wide receiver Wes Welker will fully participate in training camp next week with his teammates. If this report is accurate, it will be a huge morale boost to the team to have its “Mighty Mite” back so soon after major surgery. When Welker first tore his ACL, talk of his return ranged from midway through the season to 2011. It is amazing that it is even a possibility that he will participate in training camp. I would imagine that he will be held back some, and likely not do much during preseason games. However, his readiness for Week 1 against the Bengals is no longer a question. Hear that Marvin Lewis?
Welker’s surprising strides were first seen in mini-camps when he shocked the world by participating in agility drills with his fellow wide receivers. If you missed it, it was covered here, as well as my call for caution after Thomas Davis re-injured his ACL during the Panthers’ mini-camp. Welker’s presence now means that a receiver who would have made the team to provide depth during Welker’s absence will instead be cut. Could it be David Patten? Tory Holt? One of the young receivers? The competition for roster spots at wide receiver just got tighter.