New England Patriots receiver Wes Welker told reporters Thursday that it could take a full year before he's 100 percent back to the player he was before tearing his ACL last January.
"I don't know if I can really put a number on it," when asked where he feels healthwise. "It takes a full year until I'm me again, is what they say," he said. "I'm just trying to take it a day at a time and do what I can with what I got right now."
Welker, who had 15 receptions in last November's win over the Jets, said the 2010 season-opener was a big hurdle for him to overcome.
Whatever percentage he's at, he sure looks good. But it makes you wonder if he'll be able to hold up all year. For those of you counting on Welker as a high-end WR on your team, it wouldn't hurt to keep some roster space open for Brandon Tate or Julian Edelman as a rare receiver handcuff. We currently have Tate as the WR3, but Edelman proved a worthy target last year.