Breaking News: Wes Welker to be Cleared to Practice With Patriots
According to 98.5 The Sports Hub in Boston, New England Patriots’ wide receiver Wes Welker will be fully cleared to participate in all training camp activities.
We already knew Welker was way ahead of schedule for over a month now, but there was never any official word on when he’d be cleared, or whether or not he’d be ready for the start of the 2010 NFL season.
This latest news would mean that Welker would not be able to begin the season on the reserve/PUP list, and would mean that he is extremely likely to play within the first few weeks, if not right away in Week One.
Fantasy Dish: NFL Soup has speculated all along that fantasy football owners were buying into the injury hype too much, and that Welker was still worth a selection anywhere after round five.
He still poses an injury risk as he continues to work his way back to full health from knee and shoulder surgeries, but all signs do point to him being ready for the 2010 season, with a decent shot at playing in Week One.
This news would effectively kill any fantasy stock aging Torry Holt would have accrued, and puts quite a damper on “Welker-clone” Julian Edelman‘s stock, as well.
Look for Welker to reclaim his slot role and chase a fourth consecutive season of 110+ receptions.