Wes Welker had his most extensive discussion yet regarding his season-injury knee injury, speaking to his hometown WWLS radio in Oklahoma City. Watching him cut and crumble against the Texans, if you said to yourself, ‘He’s done,’ you agreed with Welker himself.
“I pretty much knew right when it happened that my season was probably over,” Welker said, via Sports Radio Interviews. “Then talking to the doctors, they let me know what they think probably happened, which I probably already knew what happened. It was kind of tough especially that first 24 hours or so was rough. Once you came to the realization of what it was, it was just another obstacle that you were trying to overcome. All the texts, emails and everything from everybody, just trying to lift your spirits. You just gotta move on from it and realize that you have a lot of work ahead of you to get back for the next year.”
Welker said he has yet to schedule any surgery. Because both his medial collateral ligament and his anterior crucitate ligament are torn, the MCL needs to heal before the doctors can operate on the ACL. (A doctor I spoke with explained it like this: The ACL is in the middle of the knee, surrounded by fluid. That fluid keeps the tear from healing – think about what happens if you cut your finger and put it under a faucet. The MCL wraps around the outside of the knee, where there is little fluid, so it can heal on its own.)
While Welker waits, he feels the disappointment of the way his season ended and, more so, the way the Patriots’ season ended. He agreed when host Jim Traber brought up the Patriots not meeting expectations.
“Yeah, I definitely understand what you’re saying especially when you win 17 or 18 games in a row you kinda look at this team like we’re invincible and things like that,” Welker said. “This is definitely a down year for us, our standards and what we want to live up to. We were definitely a different team this year than what we were in the past. We had a lot of veteran guys that were a staple on this team that weren’t there anymore. You gotta fill that void somehow and that takes time. We definitely didn’t have the people in there to fill that void that we needed.”
Following the Texans game, coach Bill Belichick had some nasty things to say about the field at Reliant Stadium. Welker was not as strident as Belichick, but he did not even come close to absolving the playing surface.
“Definitely, the field was rough,” Welker said. “It’s almost like I replay that play in my head so many times now. I remember taking that step and I was gonna kind of try and explode through but with that field I didn’t know if the ground was going to come out from under me, if it was going to give a little bit, or if it was going to stay firm. I remember in my mind thinking I didn’t know what was going to happen in regards to that. From there, my knee just buckled and it was what it was. I hate to bash it or anything but it’s not the best field out there. There’s a lot of inconsistencies as far as being able to play on and things like that.”