New England Patriots Wes Welker out for season and Playoffs

–(www.FinancialNewsUSA.com)– 01/03/2010 – Most Popular industry news provided by Financial News USA. Initial tests show that New England Patriots receiver Wes Welker tore both his anterior cruciate ligament and medial collateral ligament in his left knee in Sunday’s loss to the Houston Texans, but he is scheduled to undergo more testing Monday, a source close to the situation told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.

The injury will presumably end Welker’s season. The New England Patriots are going into the playoffs without their leading receiver and a injured Tom Brady. This leads to why didn’t the Patriots sit some of their starters to give them some rest. Obviously, in Wes Welker’s case if would have avoided the injury.

Welker left the game in the first quarter after getting hurt on a reception and did not return. He tried to plant his left foot after making a catch and that’s when the injury occurred.

Welker was helped to the sideline by members of the Patriots’ medical staff. He buried his head in a towel while sitting on the bench and was later carted to the locker room.

Patriots coach Bill Belichick did not have an update on Welker’s status after his team’s 34-27 loss.

Cornerback Shawn Springs said the likely loss of Welker hurts.

“It’s no secret around the whole NFL how important Wes is to us,” Springs said. “My prayers are with him, because I know Wes is one of those guys who wants to be out there all the time. We are going to miss him.”

Welker caught a pass from Tom Brady on New England’s first possession and his knee appeared to buckle as he turned upfield. When Welker went down, a nearby player immediately called for medical help. Brady and receiver Randy Moss kneeled over Welker, and Belichick also walked out from the sideline to check on Welker.

“You’re heartbroken for Wes because he’s so important to our team, he’s probably the heart and soul of our team,” Springs said.

The Patriots locker room was somber after the loss in Houston and Brady, who has been as accessible as ever this season, was presumably so frustrated at the turn of events that he declined to answer questions from reporters. A chair was placed in his empty locker and he was long gone by the time reporters entered the room after a lengthy delay.

Welker finished the season with a franchise record 123 catches (despite missing two games), 1,348 yards and four touchdowns.

“We’ve been going through that all year — people up, people down,” linebacker Adalius Thomas said of the playoff-bound Patriots. “Will we miss [Welker]? Yes we will. But the guys behind him have to step up and make plays.”

Rookie receiver Julian Edelman, who projects to take on the bulk of Welker’s responsibilities in the playoffs, played well Sunday after Welker was hurt. He set career highs with 10 catches and 103 yards receiving. About Financial News USA

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