Wes Welker Practicing Again with New England Patriots: Can He Avoid PUP List?

Kevin RobertsSenior Writer IJune 2, 2010

NEW ORLEANS - NOVEMBER 30: Wes Welker #83 of the New England Patriots looks on during warm ups against the New Orleans Saints at Louisana Superdome on November 30, 2009 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
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Tom Brady isn't on the same page with the New England Patriots —or vice versa.

Neither is Randy Moss.

With a black hole threatening to swallow the key ingredients in New England's potentially explosive and cohesive offensive machine, at least one thing is working out.

Shocking NFL analysts and followers everywhere, wide receiver Wes Welker is participating in Patriots' practices.

He's stretching, doing high-knee's, and even cutting on the field.

The next step—making fantasy owners cry for passing him up.

Surely, Welker and the Patriots aren't trying to prove anyone wrong. They don't want to ruin a budding career, or even remotely have fantasy football owner's hearts in mind.

But, boy, is this impressive, or what?

Tom Brady is gracing magazines and websites over his contract dispute with the Patriots. And we all know more than we care to about Randy Moss' own contractual and egotistical issues.

The question is, can Welker regain his form in time to make you look like a genius for drafting him early?

Or is he still headed for an inevitable six week stay on the Physically Unable to Perform list?

Judging by reports leading up to this mammoth revelation, all signs point to Welker's return as a definite possibility.

He's already taking the field, running, cutting, and throwing his legs around like they don't even have ligaments.

True, this rigorous, heartfelt comeback attempt, fueled at an ambitious rate, could work against Welker and New England.

The diminutive receiver could damage the knees further, and another setback could simply drain all the juice left in Welker's knees.

But that wouldn't be the Wes Welker we know.

He's never been a touchdown machine, but Welker surely has been the NFL's token slot-man. He can get a first-down just about any time you absolutely need him to.

Welker is the PPR demon, the guy who piles up receptions in record breaking numbers, the guy that would have been the Super Bowl MVP in 2007 had those 18-0 Patriots closed the deal.

But his knee is still healing following an ACL-tear. He's still miles away from completing this unreal comeback.

However, his job is still there.

Julian Edelman was impressive last year. But he's not Wes Welker.

And from what we're seeing and hearing, on just the second day of June, Welker is well on his way to keeping that job.


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