Tag:Wes Welker
Posted on: July 16, 2010 11:06 am
Edited on: July 16, 2010 2:00 pm

Five questions (or more) with Wes Welker

W. Welker speaks at the Gatorade National Athlete awards (US Presswire). (Quickly: Hello there, I'm Will Brinson and I'm new here. And while I'll be hanging around a lot, I thought that, rather than having me go through some introduction and telling you how excited I am and whatnot, you'd just as soon read an interview with Wes Welker instead? Sounds good. Excellent.)

Wes Welker has a rollercoaster of a resume: he's gone from the Gatorade Oklahoma Football Player of the Year, to being unsigned until a week after National Signing Day, to setting Texas Tech records while he was in Lubbock, to going undrafted, to getting waived by the Chargers, to becoming one of the most dangerous wide receivers in football as a member of the New England Patriots.

Of course, Welker suffered a nasty injury in Week 17 vs. the Texans last year, forcing him to spend his entire offseason rehabbing his knee. CBSSports.com was at the 2010 Gatorade High School Athlete of the Year Awards in Los Angeles Wednesday, where Welker was an honored guest, and we had a chance to catch up with him to talk about how far along he is with the injury.

1. CBS Sports: How's the knee, man?

Wes Welker: It's going good. Kind of trucking along, each day, and trying to get better and just get back after it.

2. CBS: Originally, everyone was saying you'd miss a pretty good amount of time, like the first six weeks or so, and now there are rumors that you've been running around pretty well on the field. Think you'll be ready by the beginning of the season?

WW: I don't know, honestly. It's still a long ways off and I feel like I still have a long ways to go, so I can't really set a time table on it. But when it's ready, that's when I'm going to make the jump and see how it is.

CBS: Do you take extra precaution on the time since your game is so predicated on quick cuts?

WW: Yeah, I think you do, especially with this kind of injury. You want to make sure you're ready to go and stay on top of things. It's easy to do things in a controlled environment, but when you get out on the field it's a little bit different. So you've got to make sure not only is your knee ready for that, but your mind is ready for that as well.

3. CBS: Alright, there's been some mild controversy chatter about Tom Brady being out on the West Coast a lot, doing the family thing, instead of really being the "first-in, last-out" guy that he usually was during the preseason. Is that an issue with the team at all ?

WW: I don't think so. I don't really see it being a problem. Tom is still the first guy in, last guy out. Just because he's on the West Coast doesn't mean he's working any less. The guy's the hardest worker you'll ever be around – it's always “one more throw” with him, he's always trying to see what else he can get in. So I don't really see it being a problem or anything like that. Tom's going to come and bring his game no matter what he has to do, and, he's fully going to support his teammates just like we're going to fully support him.

4. CBS: Cool deal. Let's talk about the AFC East this year, because it's getting pretty tough pretty fast. The Dolphins landed Brandon Marshall, the Jets are improved, so how do you approach this year looking at your division? Is it any different than years past?

WW: Absolutely, man. We have a lot of talent in our division, a lot of good teams. It's going to be tough to even win the division, much less win a game. It's definitely going to be a tough year and we're definitely going to have to take those games very seriously and make sure we're bringing it, because the Jets made a lot of great moves, along with the Dolphins. And the Bills have a new coach, so there's a new mindset around there. So you gotta make sure you're bringing it every day and staying on the same level with those guys, because they have a lot of great players and there are going to be some teams to reckon with.

5. CBS: Alright, you weren't the national Gatorade Player of the Year, but you did win the Oklahoma player of the year. How crazy is it to see what they're doing here?

WW: Yeah, it's pretty wild. I guess they trick some of the kids into thinking they've been nominated or whatever and come to their school and tell them they need to shoot a video and then spring it on them.

And it's funny, them telling the story, and I was like, "Yeah, well, I opened up the USA Today and there's this two-page, long deal and I scanned down to find Oklahoma and over here on the middle right corner and there's 'Football' and 'Wes Welker'" …

CBS: And then you just gave your dad a high five over breakfast, or something, right?

WW: [Laughing] Yeah, yeah, exactly, man. I didn't realize you get to travel out to Los Angeles and hang out at the ESPY? It's pretty crazy stuff.

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--Will Brinson

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Category: NFL
Posted on: July 5, 2010 10:38 am

Coming back from an ACL tear

Matt Bowen of the National Football Post has a story talking about ACL tears, and he discusses how players like New England WR Wes Welker and Houston TE Owen Daniels will perform this year, the season after injuring their knees.

What’s most interesting about the story is when Bowen – who played seven seasons in the NFL for four teams – talks about his experience in returning from an ACL injury in 2004.

Had the surgery, rehabbed and was back for 2005. But, I would be lying if I sat here and told you everything was great—because it wasn’t. The swelling, the daily maintenance, the pain and the lack of explosion I felt when the knee got tired. And, this was with the best rehab I could get from the Redskins training staff.

Unfortunately, it is natural. It wasn’t until my last season in Buffalo during training camp, the season after that I felt normal. Yes, the tightness was still there—as it is today—but I felt more like an athlete, instead of a player coming off of a major knee injury.

It’s impossible to say how Welker and Daniels will respond to their offseason surgeries. But as Bowen points out: when Welker and Daniels talk about how good their knees feel – and you know they will, because that’s how elite athletes are wired – it might not necessarily be true.

--Josh Katzowitz

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Posted on: June 15, 2010 10:10 am

The Amazing Wes Welker

Albert Breer of the Boston Globe has a really interesting article on Wes Welker’s recovery from ACL surgery. Welker surprised everyone by cutting and running routes for a few minutes back on June 2. In this article, Rod Woodson and Philip Rivers talk about their own remarkable recoveries from knee operations.

Obviously, it wasn’t as easy as those men made it look. (Woodson, you may recall, tore his ACL in Week 1 of the ’95 season but came back for the Super Bowl; Rivers played with a torn ACL in the ’07 playoffs and, a few months later, was back on the field in Week 1 for the ’08 season. Both men played at a high level after their injuries.)

Here’s an excerpt:

Rivers was told it would take 18 months before his knee would feel normal again and, much as he didn’t want to believe it, that was the truth. He added that a third of his patellar tendon was removed from the front of his knee to create the ACL graft, which brought additional soreness. And he’d feel that, in his calf and quad, doing mundane things such as driving or getting a night’s sleep.
But his ability to block out pain on the field came quicker.

“It took until those preseason games the next year,’’ Rivers said. “Those were important. Even in practice, as much you did, you knew it was protected. In a live deal, it takes some time to where your mind is committed and focused on the game and the defense in front of you. You have to get through it, and realize you’ll be OK.’’

Woodson said it took him about 16 months to stop thinking about the knee completely.

“He’s got to be careful that he doesn’t overcompensate,’’ said Woodson, who made five Pro Bowl teams following the injury. “Maybe his Achilles’ is sore, because he’s running on a leg that’s not fully healed, so something happens. With your Achilles’, your quad, your hamstring, you compensate because you’re not running right.

“I remember my right Achilles’ started hurting, and that bothered me more than the knee did the next season.’’
Ian Rapoport of BostonHerald.com also has a unique piece on Welker, talking about the Hermosa Beach, CA training facility where Welker is rehabbing his knee. The facility is operated by a 5’1” ex-power lifter named Jeremy “Troll” Subin and offers alternative physical and emotional exercises.

--Andy Benoit

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