Patriots wide receiver Wes Welker has scheduled surgery to repair a torn ligament in his left knee and will undergo the operation Tuesday at Massachusetts General Hospital, according to an NFL source.
Welker tore both the anterior cruciate and the medial collateral ligament in his left knee during the final game of the regular season against the Houston Texans. The surgery will come roughly one full month after the injury.
Welker has waited for the MCL to heal before having the procedure in order to protect against an infection. When Tom Brady had his surgery last season, his knee became infected because the surgery took place before the MCL had healed.
Depending on his recovery, Welker could miss 6-12 months. He will likely not be ready to play by the start of next season, though it is possible, according to some doctors.