New England Patriots wide receiver Wes Welker has officially defied all the odds against a super-fast recovery to step in and play in the Patriots' second preseason game versus the Atlanta Falcons on Thursday night August 19.
Welker played in the Patriots' first drive of the game and was in for a total of six plays according to @MikeReiss on Twitter.
He was targeted three times by quarterback Tom Brady and Welker caught two of the passes for 20 yards before being seen on the sidelines with his helmet off and a towel over his head.
What an amazing coming from a catastrophic knee injury that happened only seven and a half months prior on January 3 in the final regular season game of the 2009 season against the Houston Texans.
Welker was carted off of the field and many were concerned as to if Welker would even play in the 2010 season at all.
Luckily, the injury was not severe as initially thought and he was able to get surgery and begin his rehabilitation quickly to get him to this night when he has shown what kind of dedicated player and teammate he truly is.
All other NFL, college, and high school football players should take notice of this remarkable feat and it shows that Welker is a true champion as an athlete.
Now Patriots fans have to start thinking that there is a good chance that Welker may actually play in the season opener against the Cincinnati Bengals.
Welker was not scheduled to be ready for play until some time in October-ish.
In the meantime, the Patriots were planning on getting more reps to receivers Julian Edelman, Brandon Tate, and Taylor Price.
Looks like they will get those extra reps, but more so in the preseason and not as much in the regular season with Welker's surprising recovery.
This news may have many teams re-examining the Patriots' passing attack now because Welker alone has caught 346 passes for 3,688 yards and 15 touchdowns and his presence alone on the offense will make defenses think twice about who gets the ball between him and Randy Moss.
One of the NFL's premier wide receivers just got healthy way faster than expected and you can believe that other teams have taken notice of the remarkable comeback.