Welker (ankle) hopeful to play

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Patriots wide receiver Wes Welker returned to the practice field on Friday after missing both Wednesday and Thursday's practices with an ankle injury.

"It felt good," he said. "It's nice to get out there, get some reps, and hopefully get ready for the game."

When asked if he was limited at all, Welker said, "I don't believe so. I don't know."

Welker was listed as having limited participation in Friday's practice session and is officially listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Colts.

The team's leading receiver suggested he was not 100 percent, but also stated that such was the case for all players at this point in the season.

"I don't know if anybody is 100 percent at this point in the season," he said. "I don't know where I'm at. I'm just looking forward to getting better and trying to contribute on Sunday."

One advantage that Welker has in managing the injury is playing experience. He said that's he's better at managing the recovery at this point in his career than during its earlier stages.

"It's all better than it was when I was younger, for sure," Welker continued. "Even now it's hard to not be out there and not want to try and contribute and help out somewhat."

Should Welker take the field on Sunday, he could draw coverage from a former teammate Darius Butler, and potentially safety Sergio Brown as well. Welker spoke highly of each on Friday.

"They have some younger guys out there on defense. Obviously Darius is very athletic, he's a very talented player and he's made a lot of plays for them this year," Welker said. "Sergio brings a lot of energy out there, and he's been out there contributing and doing some things out there for them. We've just got to make sure we're doing what we need to do to get open and try to make plays."

Welker also lauded Colts receiver Reggie Wayne, who in his 12th season is having one of his best years as a pro.

"I'm only nine years right now, and it's hard to stay keep on playing well. And he's at 12," Welker said of Wayne. "I was sitting there and go '12 years? Jeez.' And still playing really well. He's at the top of the league in everything and playing like the best receiver in the league right now. You definitely have an appreciation for it."