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Kraft hints Welker won't play

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Following the induction of Sam Cunningham into the team's Hall of Fame today, Patriots owner Robert Kraft told reporters not to be disappointed if there is no sign of receiver Wes Welker on the field tonight.

"He will come back when the time is right," Kraft said.

Welker was a full participant in joint practices with the Saints on Tuesday and Wednesday, but he has yet to be part of live tackling. It appears that Bill Belichick has decided to wait for Welker to experience his first live tackling.