Wes Welker and Donald Brown Injury Updates

A key skill position player for the both the New England Patriots and the Indianapolis Colts is practicing today, and both bits of news come as relief for fans of both teams.

Wes Welker missed Wednesday’s practice and only appeared in the walk-through for Thursday’s practice, so there was fear that he might have suffered a setback on the ankle he injured three weeks ago against the St. Louis Rams. It was initially thought that he had missed practice entirely yesterday, but later reports stated that Welker was able to take part in the walk-through. The fact that the Patriots used Welker in the walk-through was a sign that he was just getting some needed rest.

The news that Welker is practicing today affirms that he will be playing against the Colts on Sunday, and he should have a solid game and bounce back from last week’s disappointing showing. I say disappointing, because Welker never drops open 34-yard touchdown passes in the end zone.

Donald Brown “appears” to be practicing, according to Colts beat writer Tom James, and this alleviates the concerns that fans had after Brown did not appear at practice on Thursday. He has been dealing with knee issues this year, but it looks like he will be playing against the Patriots. Both Brown and Vick Ballard will shoulder the load against New England’s staunch run defense, after Brown received some needed rest on Thursday.

Center Samson Satele, pass rusher Robert Mathis, offensive tackle Winston Justice, and rookie nose tackle Josh Chapman. The rookie was activated after second-year DL Drake Nevis was put on the IR along with CB Jerraud Powers.

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