Injury expert looks closer at Welker

ESPN injury expert Stephania Bell devotes a lengthy entry in her blog to Patriots receiver Wes Welker and the expectation for when he might return.

Bell speaks with Dr. Neal ElAttrache, who is the Director of Sports Medicine at the Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic in Los Angeles. ElAttrache performed surgery on quarterback Tom Brady's injured knee in 2008.

On Welker, he said: "It's a great sign that he can do the things that he's doing. He's obviously recovering very well from his injury and surgery."

ElAttrache said at this point Welker has met the biggest benchmarks following this type of procedure: full motion of the knee, no swelling and the ability to tolerate exercise.

Bell also writes:

"As for Welker suiting up in Week 1, there is no definitive answer. More will be learned from his work over the next few months. The fact that he's already running, doing light agility drills and other early football activities puts him in a better position to return sooner rather than later. But there is still a long way to go."