The widely held belief among athletes who've gone through ACL surgery is that it takes a full season to start feeling like themselves again.
Wes Welker didn't argue. He tore his ACL in January 2010 and worked hard to return for the following season, but exploded last year for the most receiving yards of his career (1,569).
"I went from 86 catches to 122, so I'd say there's quite a difference in being able to have that year under your belt and really try and come back from it. I definitely don't wish that injury on my worst enemy. That's a tough one.”
On Monday, the Patriots start a stretch of three preseason games in 10 days, and even thought the stretch isn't as daunting as it would be in the regular season, the goals are still to fine-tune and stay healthy.
“It's always a big task, but at the same time, it is preseason,” Welker said. “Obviously, we wouldn't be doing anything like that during the regular season, but at the same time we've got to get good work and go out there and make sure we're on top of it and going out and executing the way we need to and treat it like any other day."