Welker will wait for ACL surgery

January, 12, 2010
1/12/10
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ESPN injury analyst Stephania Bell last week shared her thoughts on Wes Welker's recovery from a blown out left knee.

Based on Welker's first interview since the injury, it sounds like she pegged it.

Bell speculated the New England Patriots slot receiver extraordinaire wouldn't need an operation on his torn medial collateral ligament, that it could heal on its own in a brace. Then surgery could be performed in his torn anterior cruciate ligament.

That what Welker said he would do during an interview with Jim Traber on Oklahoma City radio station WWLS.

"We have to let the MCL heal first and then we can go in and work on the ACL," Welker said. "We're just taking our time right now. That's one thing. We've got a little bit of time right now to wait on that to heal and just kind of get ready and make sure that we exhaust all the options and find out the best one for myself to give me the best chance to get back out there on the field."

Welker didn't discuss a timetable for his return or give any more specifics on the recovery process.

Bell's prognosis was that Welker could be back on the practice field by September and playing in October unless there was significant information we don't know and if there aren't any complications.

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