98.5 The Sports Hub is reporting that an anonymous source has told the Boston radio station, New England Patriots wide receiver Wes Welker is expected to be a full participant in training camp. Welker has yet to be medically cleared to participate by the Patriots medical staff, but the unnamed source fully expects Welker to be fully cleared for all football activities, which includes contact drills when Patriots training camp begins on July 29th.
If Welker passes a team physical and begins training camp on the active roster, it virtually eliminates the possibility that Welker will start the season on the physically unable to perform (PUP) list. Once a player begins training camp on the active roster, they typically start the season on the active roster, because if they are placed on the PUP list prior to the start of the regular season they aren’t eligible to return until Week 7. If a player is placed on the PUP list prior to training camp they may be activated anytime prior to the start of the regular season.
Wes Welker has made an incredibly fast recovery from surgery to repair a torn left ACL and MCL. Welker shocked many in the NFL community by returning to the practice field for the Patriots June OTA’s, and this news is another step in the right direction for Welker to be on the field on September 12th for the Patriots season opener versus Cincinnati.
Mike Lombardi of the NFL Network stated during an interview with The Sports Hub shortly after the news broke, “I always thought Wes would be back…but the real question now is how effective will he be, will he be the same Wes Welker we saw before?”