Welker takes part in session against Saints

Wes Welker took another step in his recovery from offseason knee surgery on Tuesday when he took part in a joint practice session against the Saints.

The session wasn’t live, but can only be taken as a good sign for Welker, who has been participating in drills for the Patriots, per Monique Walker of The Boston Globe.  Ian R. Rapoport of The Boston Herald also observed that the Saints defensive backs hardly took it easy on Welker.

All good signs in the progress of Welker, who started camp on the physically-unable-to-perform list but was activated on Aug. 1.

“I think we’re all pros out here,” Welker told reporters. “We know this is practice and we need to take care of each other but at the same time, you don’t know these guys. You don’t know if they’re going to try and thud you or if they’re clumsy or what’s going to happen but I wasn’t too worried about it.”

In an unrelated item, Andy Hart of Patriots.com noted that Dan Connolly continued to work at the left guard spot vacated by Logan Mankins, who is not in camp and has yet to sign his restricted free agent tender.

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