On Sept. 12, the Patriots’ opponent will be the Cincinnati Bengals and the expectation is that Wes Welker will be in uniform and ready to go.
But for now, the idea is to protect Welker from another foe in his recovery from reconstructive knee surgery.
That adversary would be himself.
So as part of Welker’s comeback from a torn ACL and MCL, and a subsequent rotator-cuff surgery, the Patriots took the precaution of placing the receiver on the active/physically unable to perform list yesterday, before today’s veteran training-camp reporting date. Once Welker practices, he comes off that list.