Wes Welker travels with team to Atlanta

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- New England Patriots receiver Wes Welker did travel with the team to Atlanta, according to coach Bill Belichick.

Welker had said Monday that he was unsure if he would travel with the Patriots to Atlanta, where they will hold joint practices with the Falcons on Tuesday and Wednesday and then play a preseason game Thursday. It's still uncertain if Welker will play in the game.

Welker said after practice Monday that his recovery remains on track.

"It's still kind of the same, we're making strides," said Welker, who did not play in the team's preseason opener against the Saints. "At the same time, there are good days and bad days. We're just trying to work through them."

Welker described managing his left knee as a full-time job. He goes through the same process each day to "warm it up."

Welker said the team's approach remains to "take it slow," so it would be surprising if he's on the field Thursday against the Falcons in New England's second preseason game.

He is itching to experience his first game.

"Absolutely, you practice so much and rehab, so to get out there in real game action with the crowd and the stadium, the adrenaline is going, that's the atmosphere you want," he said.

Asked if he's able to make all the necessary cuts at this point, Welker said, "I'm able to do it, but obviously I have this knee brace on, so it's not what I want it to be or where I need to be. But we're slowly making strides, and slowly getting there."

Mike Reiss covers the Patriots for ESPN Boston. You can follow him on Twitter.