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Welker had to have surgery on just one knee ligament


Wes Welker, the Pats most reliable wide out, only had to have surgery on one of two knee ligaments that were injured last season in the teams regular season finale in Houston.

The NFL’s receptions leader said Saturday at the Wes Welker Foundation’s football camp that the anterior cruciate and medial collateral ligaments in his left knee were injured during the Patriots’ final regular-season game. Welker, who missed the playoffs, says the MCL didn’t require surgery and “if you have that healing on its own, it almost becomes stronger.”

“We just had to wait for it to heal,” Welker said. “We didn’t have to do surgery on it.”

Welker still isn’t certain when he’ll return to the field, but says the fact he didn’t need surgery on the MCL was “great news.”

“It’s hard to put a timetable on anything,” Welker said. “And plus, whenever you put a timetable on it, now people expect you. If you’re not ready then, they’re like, ‘What’s wrong?’


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