New England Patriots star slot receiver Wes Welker was not practicing on Wednesday or Thursday, and it is unclear if he suffered a setback on the ankle he injured three weeks ago against the St. Louis Rams or if the Patriots are just resting their star.
The Boston Herald has given us some good news by reporting that Wes Welker did participate in the team’s walk-through before Thursday’s practice. Welker’s availability in practice today will give us a better picture of what is going on, but it looks like he should be able to play against the Indianapolis Colts. Nobody has reported that there are signs of a setback, and it just seems like some added rest for Welker.
In addition to that, Welker is one of those players who can miss an entire week of practice and then play at a high level on Sunday. I remember Jim Schwartz said something similar to that about Calvin Johnson when asked about Johnson’s availability after not practicing. He said that practice is less important than rest for Johnson, and I believe the Patriots are doing something of that sort for Welker.
The fact that he was in the walk-through is a sign that he isn’t injured, and he was in full pads during that period of time.
Jeff Howe wrote, “This is an indication the Patriots want Welker present for the game-planning portions of the week, such as the walkthrough, but they need him to get treatment on his injured ankle.”
Sounds like the Colts should plan on having to cover Welker with a secondary that will be missing Jerraud Powers and Vontae Davis.
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