FOXBOROUGH — Although Julian Edelman was back at practice today for the second day in a row, the second-year wide receiver/punt return specialist was still limited after suffering a concussion from a goal-line collision with Ray Lewis in Sunday’s 23-20 overtime victory over the Ravens at Gillette Stadium.
So where does this leave Wes Welker?
Well, when it comes to punt returns, Welker might be up in the air for Sunday’s game against the San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium.
If Edelman is unable to go against the Chargers, Welker will likely have to pick up the slack as he did on the fly against the Ravens. If Edelman returns, then it will likely mean a reprieve for Welker on the punt return unit.
Asked Thursday if fielding punts again was like riding a bike for him, Welker laughed and said, “I wish. It’s really one of those things where I’d really like to get a few catches at least during the week before they just throw me out there like that.
“But sometimes you got to do what you got to do and we were able to have a little bit of success there.”
Welker had three returns for 27 yards against the Ravens, including a long of 22 yards on a key fourth-quarter return.
With Edelman’s status still uncertain, Welker could be pressed into filling in on the punt return squad.
“We haven’t done any punt return yesterday, so we’ll do a little bit of that today,” Welker said Thursday in the Patriots’ locker room. “But we’ll see, I hope. I hope I get one or two at least. So we’ll see.”