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It all seems to be over just as quickly as it began. With the Wes Welker saga coming to a close, everyone in New England can breathe a sigh of relief. Sept. 12 is when New England’s favorite receiver takes the field again, in a healthy state no less. The memories of a teary-eyed number 83 on the sidelines realizing his season was over can all be, well, just memories. As astonishing as it may seem, Wes Welker was not listed on the Injury Report for Week 1.
Albert Breer of Boston.com reports that Welker will be on the active roster come Sunday. He apparently has been cleared to play, and considering all of the questions surrounding New England heading into this season, this is nothing short of a blessing. It almost seems too good to be true. Welker tore his left knee to shreds, and people instantly wondered if he’d ever be the same. All too often, stories are brought to light of athletes of all sports training, practicing, and playing against the advice of team doctors. Why anyone would question the health advice of a doctor is mind-boggling, but it happens nonetheless. Welker’s been cleared, so this isn’t the case, but one has to wonder whether it’s truly the best thing for the team, and his career.
Let’s be honest, though; it all seemed like a long shot, but if you’re a Pats fan, did you really not see this coming? Wes Welker has one of the best work ethics in the sport. He’s a machine on the field. The last thing someone like him wants to do is miss games. He is the Dustin Pedroia of the Patriots. If the man can play, he will play.
Can we expect him to reel in 123 receptions this year? Probably not. But that’s okay. That fact that he’s coming out against Cincinnati in Week 1 is nothing short of a miracle. I have 100% faith he’ll be his old self in no time, and the way this situation has shaped up to be, so should everyone else.