Wes Welker was able to practice today after missing bot Wednesday’s and Thursday’s practice, and the good news on Welker has brightened the day for many New England Patriots fans. Welker was able to attend yesterday’s walk-through, so his status for Week 11 was only cloudy- not doubtful. Welker injured his ankle a few weeks ago against the St. Louis Rams, but it was never a major enough injury to threaten his availability for a game in the future. However, there was definitely reason for concern regarding his Week 11 status.
The Patriots star slot receiver shared some of his feelings about the injury to ESPN Boston.
“It’s nice to get out there, get some reps, and hopefully get ready for the game.”
“I’m just looking forward to getting better and trying to contribute on Sunday.”
A common thought is that it gets more difficult for players to recover from injuries as they get older, but Wes Welker said something that I found extremely interesting. He said that he has been able to manage the recovery of his injury better as he has played more and had more experience (quote from ESPN Boston), “It’s all better than it was when I was younger, for sure. Even now it’s hard to not be out there and not want to try and contribute and help out somewhat.”
With reports swirling that Aaron Hernandez will miss yet another week due to a setback on his ankle, the importance of having Wes Welker healthy for this game against the Indianapolis Colts cannot be overstated. He will almost certainly play, and I am expecting a productive day from him against a subpar, injury-ravaged Colts secondary.
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