New England Patriots
Injured Welker thanks fans, fellow Patriots for support
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- New England Patriots wide receiver Wes Welker opened up on Wednesday for the first time about his season-ending knee injury.
His response came just housr after the New England Patriots placed Welker on injured reserve, three days after he suffered a serious left knee injury in the first quarter of their 34-27 loss at the Houston Texans.
Welker, not known for being a big talker, thanked his fans and teammates on his Web site, 83foundation.com.
“I am writing you today to let you know how thankful I am for everyone's support through this trying time. Your phone calls, texts, e-mails, and letters are greatly appreciated,” he wrote.
Welker also mentioned encouragement he's received from former teammate Tedy Bruschi, who suffered a stroke in 2005.
“My good friend Tedy Bruschi said to me the other day, ‘There is no career without a comeback.’ Although, I know that it will take time to be the same player that I once was. I am ready to face that challenge,” wrote Welker.
Welker's current teammate, quarterback Tom Brady, knows all about what he's going through. Brady was named the NFL’s "Comeback Player of the Year" on Wednesday.
“I spoke to Wes, and I said, ‘Things kind of change and evolve in your life a little bit when you have an injury like that, and I think you just really appreciate the game, for whatever reason,’ said Brady in a news conference.
Welker in his Web site statement made it a point to let everyone know where his thoughts will be this weekend.
“My teammates know my commitment to them, and I refuse to let them down. Even though I won't be on the field this post season, my heart will be with them through every snap!” wrote Welker.
The team has yet to release further information on the extent of Welker’s injury, when he'll have surgery or how long his rehab will last.
Welker led the NFL with 123 receptions, a club record.
The Patriots also have signed linebacker Thomas Williams from the practice squad, added wide receivers Nick Moore and Robert Ortiz to the practice squad, and placed wide receiver Darnell Jenkins on the practice squad/injured list with an ankle injury.
New England will play at home Sunday in a playoff game against the Baltimore Ravens.
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