Wes Welker continues amazing recovery

Reports out of New England paint an optimistic picture All-Pro slot receiver Wes Welker could be on the field for the start of training camp this week and might be full-go for the Sept. 12 season opener against the Cincinnati Bengals.

WelkerWelkerTom Brady's favorite receiver suffered a serious knee injury in the Patriots' regular-season finale. Welker's recovery apparently progressed faster than expectations.

ESPNBoston.com reporter Mike Reiss put together a summary of the reports, which began Friday on Boston radio station 98.5, the Sports Hub. Co-hosts Andy Gresh and Scott Zolak said Welker would not be placed on physically unable to perform list.

Boston Globe writer Albert Breer confirmed Welker was ready to go, including full contact. Boston Herald writer Karen Guregian also confirmed Welker was OK, but noted he "more likely" would start training camp on the PUP list.

Since joining the Patriots three seasons ago, Welker has averaged 115 receptions, 1,229 yards and five touchdowns per season. He had an NFL-high 123 receptions catches last year despite missing two games.