Wes Welker returns to Patriots practice, but remains questionable

FOXBOROUGH — After missing Wednesday’s and Thursday’s practices, Patriots wide receiver Wes Welker, who injured his ankle in Sunday’s 37-31 home victory over the Bills, returned to practice Friday at Gillette Stadium.

And given the nature of his injury and the fact he missed the first two practices of the week, that had to come as an encouraging sign to Patriots fans. However, while Welker said he “felt good” in his first day back at practice, there remained some concern about his status after Welker declined to place any kind of percentage on his health


He was listed as questionable on the team’s injury report Friday along with 15 other players. Among them: tight end Aaron Hernandez, who, according to a Tweet posted by NFL Network’s Albert Breer, was expected to miss Sunday’s game against Indianapolis Colts at Gillette.

Hernandez, who injured his ankle in Week 2, took part in all three practices this week, but in a limited capacity.

“I don’t know if anybody’s 100 percent at this point of the season,” Welker said, when asked if he felt 100 percent ready for Sunday’s home against the Colts. “I don’t know where I’m at. I’m just looking forward to getting better and trying to contribute on Sunday.”

Logan Mankins, who missed all three practices this week with an ankle/calf injury, was the only player listed as doubtful. The Colts listed CB Vontae Davis (knee) and TE Coby Fleener (shoulder) as out.

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