It’s not like he turned water into wine, but the fact that Wes Welker returned to practice this week is pretty close to a miracle.
The veteran wideout was on the field for organized team activities, despite after having reconstructive surgery on his left knee just four months ago. The Boston Globe reported that Welker was in uniform with a knee brace and even took part in stretching exercises and a high-knee bag drill.
The Globe went on to report that Welker “looked swift and agile during a cone drill.” He ran routes and made cuts on his surgically-repaired knee, which is quite a feat for an athlete coming off such a serious operation.
While this news alone isn’t enough to move Welker up on rank lists (after all, it is just June), it’s obviously very positive. Just the fact that he’s participating in practices is a good indication that he’s not a lock to open training camp on the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list, which was previously expected.
If all goes well in the weeks and months to come, it’s going to be hard not to keep Welker out of the top 15 fantasy players at his position.