ACL surgery has come a very long way...just recently
New England Patriots wide receiver Wes Welker generated a lot of buzz when he made his appearance at the team's organized team activities June 2. When most expected just an appearance, Welker took it a step -- actually, many steps -- further by showing just how well his post-surgical knee is doing.
According to ESPNBoston.com's Mike Reiss, Welker, who is four months removed from anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction, "went through agility drills with the team's receivers, stepping over bags at a rapid pace and navigating his way around orange cones placed on the ground." Reiss said Welker caught passes from quarterback Tom Brady, "at one point running about three-quarters speed, stopping abruptly, and then turning to make a reception." Six days later, Welker went through similar drills at another OTA.
With that news, many are wondering: Should we be shocked by what we saw? And how realistic is a Week 1 return now?
We should not be shocked by what Welker was able to do just four months after undergoing surgery (and five months after the noncontact injury to his left knee, which also resulted in a medial collateral ligament sprain). Advances in surgical technique and rehabilitation, combined with hard work and the absence of any setbacks, have shortened the timetable for return to activity.
Welker tore his ACL and was able to return at 100% in like 5 months time...
Peterson is supposed to rehab for 8-9 months...I trust he will be back to 100%, perhaps not next yar but the year after
oh RBs don't have to cut like WRs?...Welker cuts harder than damn near any player in the NFL