Wes Welker Injury: Patriots WR Has Neck Injury, Says He's "OK"
New England Patriots receiver Wes Welker was injured Saturday night against the Detroit Lions as he was attempting to make a tackle on an interception returned. The initial prognosis was a neck injury—which looked somewhat bad on replays—but he told reporters after the game that the injury wasn't serious and his quarterback thinks he'll be fine.
According to Ian Rapoport of the Boston Herald, Welker said "I'm OK," as he walked out of the Patriots locker room after their 34-10 loss.
Tom Brady had this to say to Rapoport regarding Welker:
“He’s a tough guy. There’s nobody tougher than Wes Welker. He’s mentally, physically, he’s as good as there is. He’s a huge part of our offense.”
These are all seemingly good signs for Welker and the Patriots. If you own Welker on your fantasy football team, it doesn't sound like you need to be worried.
However, neck injuries are a tricky thing—as we've found out with Peyton Manning—and it's a situation that's worthy of paying attention to.
The hit looked like it could have been much worse (who teaches receivers how to tackle?), but for now, it doesn't sound like much. While he likely won't play in the Patriots preseason finale, that's par for the course in terms of starters in Week 4 of the preseason. Most typically sit that game out as they prepare for the regular season.
In terms of fantasy, keep on eye on when Welker returns to practice. The Patriots open the regular season on Sept. 11 against the Miami Dolphins, Welker's former team. If he's a full go in practice leading up to that contest, don't hesitate to start him as usual.
But until we know more from the Patriots regarding the full extent of the injury, this is certainly a situation to monitor moving forward.
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