Another chapter in Welker comeback

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- The new chapter in the Wes Welker comeback story was penned Sunday, the latest remarkable installment an 8-catch, 2-touchdown performance that proved the most productive receiver in the NFL over the last three seasons is still his old self despite offseason knee surgery that had some predicting he would not return until November.

Tom Brady, who spent part of his offseason working out with Welker in California, was not among them.

"I knew in February, as a matter of fact, or March, that he was going to be back out on the field on opening day," Brady said after the Patriots' 38-24 season-opening victory over the Cincinnati Bengals. "It just shows what his mind is all about. He's really overcome a lot in his career and this thing is only going to make him better."

Welker, who had February surgery to repair a torn ACL that was suffered in the regular season finale on Jan. 3, acknowledged after the game that he had aimed for the 2010 opener all along, even as he was trying to convince doctors over the winter that the goal was attainable. Usually, recovery from ACL surgery takes much longer than seven months. Despite achieving that objective with flying colors, Welker played down its significance.

"I'd like to say that is was a highlight, but it was just another game, not going out there and preparing and thinking, 'this is the big comeback' or whatever," Welker said. "For me, it was just getting out there playing, being out there with my teammates and trying to contribute to a win."

Read more about Welker's performance on Sunday HERE.