Wes Welker expected to play, Aaron Hernandez out

The New England Patriots are expected to have slot receiver Wes Welker in today’s game against the Indianapolis Colts, according to a tweet from Albert Breer. The NFL insider added that the Patriots will test his ankle out before the game, and he is listed as questionable on the team’s injury report.

Welker did not practice on Wednesday and Thursday, but he did participate in the team’s walk-through on Thursday and did practice on Friday. The report from Breer comes as no surprise, but it’s still great to hear the confirmation that Welker will most likely be playing against Indy.

The Patriots sorely need him, because a source told CSNNE yesterday that tight end Aaron Hernandez has been ruled out for the third straight game with an ankle injury that he likely aggravated about a month ago against the New York Jets. The Patriots are finally exercising due caution on the ankle Hernandez sprained in Week 2, because it sounds like the team allowed him to return too soon.

Several other sources reported that Hernandez will likely not play today, including an initial tweet from Albert Breer on Friday.

Neither bit of news is surprising, and the New England Patriots offense will still be fine without Hernandez with Welker playing. Rob Gronkowski and Brandon Lloyd are also in line for solid games, and the Colts pass defense is reeling from more injuries than the Patriots passing attack.

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