Welker Set To Have Surgery

UYPDATE: Welker's surgery scheduled (on Tuesday, next week). Patriots' wideout is finally on the path to repair a season-ending knee injury. He could land on team's PUP list next year.

[Editor's Note: Welker's surgery is scheduled for next Tuesday according to the Boston Herald. Our initial article indicated the surgery would be this week.]

Patriots WR Wes Welker was scheduled to undergo knee surgery in Boston [next] week according to reports.

Welker suffered torn ligaments in his knee during the Patriots regular season finale against the Houston Texans. While trying to make a cut to avoid a tackle, Welker's leg buckled in the uneven grass turf. Former Chiefs safety Bernard Pollard landed on Welker to touch him down.

Welker left the game to get his knee checked. An MRI showed that he had torn both the ACL and MCL in the join and would require surgery. The injury is similar to Tom Brady's knee injury that the Patriots QB suffered in the 2008 season opener. He too was hit by Pollard who ran into Brady's knee.

New England Patriots Tom Brady & trainers Wes Welker vs Houston Texans Jan 3, 2010 (AP /Donna McWilliam)


Standard treatment for this type of injury requires a waiting period from the date of the injury to allow the MCL to slowly heal and swelling to subside. Once the swelling is down, surgery can be performed to repair the ACL. Recovery time varies from player to player, but can take from 6 to 12 months (or longer) before the player can return to the field.

Patriots head coach Bill Belichick created a stir after blaming the Reliant Stadium turf for Welker's injury. In an interview on WEEI in Boston, Belichick claimed the grass at Houston was one of the worst in the league.

"The turf down there is terrible," Belichick said. "It's terrible. It's just inconsistent. It's all the little trays of grass and some of them are soft and some of them are firm and they don't all fit well together, those seams. Some of it feels like a sponge, some of it feels real firm and hard like the Miami surface. One step you're on one, the other step you're on another. I really think it's one of the worst fields I've seen."

Without Welker, the Patriots lost at home to the Baltimore Ravens in the Wildcard round of the playoffs.

Welker's recovery period will stretch through the summer training camp. He's likely a candidate to start the season on the team's PUP list.

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