The New England Patriotsâ€™ excellent slot receiver Wes Welker was placed on the active Physically Unable to Perform list today by the team.
There were reports stating that Welker may have been cleared by the Patriotsâ€™ medical staff prior to the start of training camp, but with these revelations, it appears that the team is taking a cautious approach to Welkerâ€™s injury. When the medical staff feels as if Welker is ready to begin training camp, they can simply remove him from the list and he can begin training camp in earnest.
Welker underwent surgery in February to repair torn ligaments in his left knee and has reportedly been recovering quickly, attending limited team activities earlier in the summer.
Welkerâ€™s placement on this list should not be surprising seeing as how, no matter how quickly he may be recovering, full recovery from knee ligament tears typically takes anywhere from four months to two years.
Welkerâ€™s style of play, making quick cuts and directional changes while in the slot while angling for short gains, will require full recovery in order for him to be as productive as he has been over the last few years.