Welker: Knee injury ‘just the ACL’

Any time we get specifics on injuries to Patriots players, it has to be news, right?

Well, Patriots WR Wes Welker gave us just that on Friday. While his knee injury — suffered against the Texans in Week 17 — was originally reported to have been to his ACL and MCL, Welker told The Associated Press that the injury was to “just the ACL.”

The timetable for his recovery is likely still the same, with most people assuming he’s unlikely to begin the season on the active roster. Welker is also rehabbing from offseason shoulder surgery and said Thursday his recovery from both operations is “going really well.”

“The season is still pretty far away, and we have some time, so I’m just going to continue to work hard and do the best I can to get back on the field as soon as I can,” Welker told Michael Felger and Tony Massarotti on the “Felger & Mazz Show” on Boston’s 98.5 Thursday. “I’m not going to try to push it before it’s ready.”

On Friday, Welker elaborated on how he’s approaching one of the biggest crossroads in his seven-year career.

“I think you realize how much you love it and how much you care about your career and kind of your stake in what you do,” Welker said. “You want to be great and you want to do this and you want to do that, and I think it kind of helps you realize it. You want to do some great things out there.”

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