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Saturday, March 13, 2010
Injury analyst dissects Welker situation

By Mike Reiss

ESPN injury analyst Stephania Bell touched on Patriots receiver Wes Welker's rehabilitation from both torn ligaments in his left knee and a torn rotator cuff.

Her feeling is that the shoulder shouldn't be much of a hindrance for Welker as he works his way back from the more severe knee injury.

"The good news in all of this is that Wes Welker should be far enough along after knee surgery that his injured shoulder shouldn't affect him, meaning that he's off crutches by now, so the torn rotator cuff won't impact his rehab at all," Bell said on Saturday's Boston SportsCenter on ESPNBoston.com. "In fact, he can use the time while he's rehabbing his knee to rehab the shoulder as well."

The rotator cuff injury occurred at some point during the 2009 season, a campaign in which Welker led the NFL with 123 receptions and earned his first All-Pro honors.