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Friday, November 18, 2011
Welker keeps knee injury under wraps

By Mike Reiss & Mike Rodak



FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Patriots receiver Wes Welker’s status on the injury report is notable this week. After appearing on the injury report because of his neck (Week 9) and rib (Week 10), Welker’s ailment this week is his knee.

Any discussion of Welker and his knee goes back to the 2009 season finale when he tore his ACL, though it's unclear which knee this "new" injury is to. Welker followed team policy when asked about it today.

AP Photo/Michael DwyerPatriots receiver Wes Welker is nursing a new knee injury.
“It’s something we really don’t talk about around here,” he told reporters. “I’m just getting ready for the game [Monday].”

Welker’s availability doesn’t seem to be in question, even though he’s been limited in practice. Even without a full practice load, he envisions being able to be effective Monday night.

“I think I understand what the coaches want, what Tom wants,” he said. “I understand when it comes to Sunday we have to take care of our business, be there, and play well.”

Welker has done that each week – he leads the NFL with 72 receptions and 1,006 receiving yards – although the hits are adding up.

“I feel all right,” he said. “I think everybody goes through different things through the season. You just have to manage them and get ready the best you can.”