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Wes Welker talks about recovery from torn ACL

New England Patriots receiver Wes Welker told reporters Thursday that it could take a full year before he’s 100 percent back to the player he was before tearing his ACL last January.

“I don’t know if I can really put a number on it,” when asked where he feels healthwise. “It takes a full year until I’m me again, is what they say,” he said. “I’m just trying to take it a day at a time and do what I can with what I got right now.”

Welker’s incredible comeback story was capped off by catching eight passes for 64 yards and two touchdowns in a Patriot victory over the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 1. Welker led the NFL in receptions last season with 123 catches, despite missing two games due to injury. Welker spoke about the importance of being able to get through his first regular season game last weekend.

“Being able to get out there and play a full game. I didn’t think I’d have any problems with, or anything like that, but being able to get through it is definitely an achievement,” he said.

Welker is going to be cautious in his return this season, hoping to avoid a re-injury like Jets defensive tackle Kris Jenkins, but he hopes to be able to shed the bulky knee brace at some point this year.

“I’m definitely ready to get rid of it,” he said. “At the same time, we’re going to be cautious with it.”

Welker did not play in the first meeting between the Jets and Patriots last season in which New England lost; but in the final meeting between the team’s late last year, Welker pulled down a season high 15 receptions for 192 yards. With Darrelle Revis locked up one-on-one with Randy Moss, expect Welker to play a key role for the Patriots on Sunday.

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