Re: [patriotzip] Reiss's supposition on Welker
- Clearly the week one action had to aggravate something. They obviously knew there was some risk based on his pre-season injury status. It was well enough they made the attempt and then obviously unwell enough he has now missed two games. I think with that much awareness the possibility is that they have a handle on the injury and thought it was healed enough to give him a go ahead for week 1. If it re-aggravated then either they are awaiting the swelling to reduce enough to surgically attend it or they still think surgery is unnecessary and he is in fact a game time decision. He travelled with the team to New York which could be gamesmanship on the part of Bellichick or it could validate he really is fairly close to play levels.The nature of evaluating it as ready to go in week 1 and the lack of any notable incident in the game suggests to me it's probably still very possible for him to get healthy in the short term.Time will tell but the release of Greg Lewis suggests they had good reason for confidence in his status going into week 1.Go Pats!Zip(Lewis catching the game winner for the Vikes did sting a bit)
- If it's something more like a sprained MCL, he could be fine in another week or two. Time will tell.
--- In email@example.com, Rich Carreiro <rlcarr@...> wrote:
> Q: So do you think Welker is going to be banged up all season or will this
> go away eventually? -- Joe (Hartford, Conn.)
> A: Joe, my hunch is that he is dealing with some type of swelling in the
> knee, and the fact that it's happened so early in the season is troubling.
> It will not surprise me if there comes a point at which Welker is shut
> down -- maybe around the bye -- with the thinking to have the knee cleaned
> out so he has a chance to return to full health. This is all speculation
> on my part based on my feeling that that when a player is dealing with a
> knee injury and is a game-time decision in Weeks 2 and 3, it's usually not
> the type of situation that goes away on its own.
> [I have to say I have similar thoughts to Reiss on this. Hope
> we're both wrong.]
> Rich Carreiro rlcarr@...
- I suspect that many of us have had the same unspoken concern. I know that I
The only bright spot is that we have Edelman to step in. He has shown the
same quickness, and YAC ability and desire, that we get from Welker. It's
reasonable to assume that his knowledge of the playbook, and timing with
Brady, will improve with more time on the field. The one thing that isn't a
guarantee is that his hands will improve; but we can hope for it. He's a
long way from fully replacing Welker; but, with the improvements noted, he
can significantly lessen the impact of the change.
It would also help, of course, if he had another outside WR to take some
pressure off of him. Say Sam Nunn for now, and Brandon Tate after Week 6?
And, yes, continuing improvement in Brady's accuracy; which I think we all
believe will happen.
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Subject: Reiss's supposition on Welker
Q: So do you think Welker is going to be banged up all season or will this
go away eventually? -- Joe (Hartford, Conn.)
A: Joe, my hunch is that he is dealing with some type of swelling in the
knee, and the fact that it's happened so early in the season is troubling.
It will not surprise me if there comes a point at which Welker is shut down
-- maybe around the bye -- with the thinking to have the knee cleaned out so
he has a chance to return to full health. This is all speculation on my part
based on my feeling that that when a player is dealing with a knee injury
and is a game-time decision in Weeks 2 and 3, it's usually not the type of
situation that goes away on its own.
[I have to say I have similar thoughts to Reiss on this. Hope we're both
Rich Carreiro rlcarr@...
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