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Quick recovery: Welker back on practice field

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By PFW staff

Patriots WR Wes Welker passed his physical and was back on the practice field Sunday, catching passes from Tom Brady, only seven months after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee.

Welker said he didn't know when he would be cleared for contact, leaving it up to coaches and doctors. However, he said his knee and the shoulder he injured during the season, forcing him to miss two games, both feel great.

"It's a tribute to Wes and his work ethic," said Patriots director of player personnel Nick Caserio, referring to Welker's ability to rebound so quickly from such a serious injury.

Welker underwent surgery on his ACL in February after tearing it in the final game of the regular season. He also hurt his medial collateral ligament on the play, his league-leading 123rd reception of the season, but the MCL didn't require surgery.


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