New England Star Wideout Sidelined For Playoffs
As the New England Patriots prepare for their AFC wild-card showdown with the Baltimore Ravens, Bill Belichick and company will have to gameplan for the Ravens defense without one of their offensive stalwarts.
Welker tore both his anterior cruciate ligament and medial collateral ligament in his left knee during New England’s 34-27 loss to the Houston Texans on Sunday and will presumably miss the rest of the season.
With Welker out, the Patriots will have to heavily rely upon the play of rookie Julian Edelman, Randy Moss, and Sam Aiken to pick up the slack of Welker’s absence. Welker finished the season with a franchise record 123 catches for 1,348 yards and four touchdowns.
With Edelman left to handled the bulk of Welker’s workload, many fans hope the mini-welker can in fact play like No. 83. With the injury to the Patriots star wide-out, many fans will also second guess why Welker was playing in the first place in a seemingly meaningless season finale.
If the Patriots had won, they would have secured the No. 3 seed in the AFC playoffs without having to wait for the result of the Cincinnati and New York game but as it turned out, even with the loss to the Texans, the Patriots secured the No. 3 seed due to the Jets drubbing of the Bengals.
So, what remains after the Week 17 loss in the standings is the loss of Wes Welker on the field for the rest of year.