- Mike Reiss, ESPN Staff Writer
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Patriots receiver Wes Welker confirmed the diagnosis of a torn ACL and MCL in his left knee, while saying that no decisions have been made on when he will undergo surgery.
“We have to let the MCL heal first and then we can go in and work on the ACL,” Welker told Jim Traber on Tuesday during a radio interview in Oklahoma City, Welker's hometown. “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 called this the most serious injury of his football career, and he said he knew from the time it happened that his season was over.
“It was kind of tough, especially that first 24 hours or so was really rough,” he said. “Once you came to the realization of what it was, it’s another obstacle that you have to overcome.”
Welker was asked about the perception that the Patriots didn’t seem to click as a team.
“Especially when you win 17, 18 games in a row, you kind of look at this team like we’re invincible, but this was definitely a down year for us and our standards and what we want to live up to,” he said. “We were definitely a different team this year than what we were in the past. We had a lot of veteran guys who were staples on this team that weren’t there any more. You have to fill that void somehow. That takes time. We definitely didn’t have the people in there to fill that void that we needed.”
Welker said he has reviewed the play in which he was injured many times in his mind. He called the Reliant Stadium field conditions in Houston “rough.”
“I remember taking that step. I was going to really try to explode through, but with that field, I didn’t know if the ground was going to come out from under me, if it was going to give a little bit or if it was going to stay firm,” he said. “I remember in my mind thinking I didn’t know what was going to happen in regards to that. From there, the knee just buckled and it was what it was. I hate to bash it or anything, but it’s not the best field out there. There are lot of inconsistencies as far as being able to play on and things like that. … I hope they make improvements down there in Houston on the field from this. I hope they do, just because it’s a crappy feeling. But you have to move on from it and you can’t really look back at that stuff.”
(Thanks to sportsradiointerviews.com for transcribing the interview and making us aware of it.)