|01.06.10 at 8:18 pm ET|
Injured Patriots receiver Wes Welker wrote on his web site Wednesday afternoon that he plans on “coming back the player I was and much more.”
Welker, who suffered a left knee injury in the regular-season finale (he reportedly tore the ACL and MCL in his knee against the Texans), was placed on season-ending injured reserve Wednesday afternoon by the Patriots. In an open letter published on his site — his first public comments since the injury — he wrote, “I plan on coming back the player I was and much more. This is not the first time that I have faced adversity in my career, and it won’t be the last.”
He added: “I am committed to this football team and doing everything possible to make us better. My teammates know my commitment to them, and I refuse to let them down. Just how I know that they wouldn’t let me down. They are here for me, just like I am there for them. Even though I won’t be on the field this post season, my heart will be with them through every snap!”
To read the entire letter, check out Welker’s site, 83foundation.com.
|01.06.10 at 8:08 pm ET|
Former Patriots receiver Terry Glenn has been arrested in the Dallas area on a charge of auto theft, according to court records obtained by the Dallas Morning News. The paper reported Wednesday that initial details were sketchy.
The 35-year-old former star receiver, drafted in the first round (7th overall) by the Patriots in 1996, was was booked into jail in Irving, Texas around 7 p.m. Tuesday and released about 1 a.m. Wednesday morning.
Glenn could not be reached immediately for comment, and his attorney did not return a telephone call seeking comment. A Black Chevrolet Suburban, a rental car, was reported stolen out of Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, according to Irving police. Glenn played one season in Green Bay in 2002 before finishing his career in 2007 with Dallas.
|01.06.10 at 7:49 pm ET|
Thanks to the Patriots’ PR staff, here’s the complete Q&A between Bill Belichick and the media from earlier today at Gillette Stadium:
BB: It looks like we have playoff fever in here. How are we doing this morning? We gave you the run down yesterday. The Ravens team’s impressive, as I said, in all three areas of the game. They’re physical. They’re good on offense, real good on defense. They do a real good job in the kicking game. They have a great differential in the kickoff return area, kickoff [and] kickoff return. They’ve been extremely good on defense against the run in the red area. They’re playing smart on offense, not turning the ball over. They’re playing good on third down, taking advantage of their opportunities. There’s been a lot of close games. As I said, Ray Lewis’ quote the other day about what they’ve been through, I can see that. I can see what he’s talking about. They’ve been in a lot of tough games. [They’re a] good team.
Q: Both teams have played in a lot of close games this year, what can players take from that?
BB: Just a lot of situations. You’re ahead at the end of game; you’re trying to run the clock out; you’re playing a defense that’s dependent on what the situation is; playing from ahead versus when you’re playing from behind. Then, you’re trying to get the ball back; you’re trying to score; you’re in your two-minute offense and all the kicking situations that go with those. You can talk about those, you can watch them on film, but we’ve been through them in game situations. That’s the ultimate learning experience. Not that they’re all the same, but you can learn from all of them. The Ravens have been in a lot of games that have gone back and forth in the fourth quarter, like the Indianapolis game, Minnesota game, those Pittsburgh games were both three-point games into overtime, fourth quarter. They’re learning experiences. You’ve got to think you’re going to be in a close game at this time of year, whoever you play is a good football team and you’ve got to feel like there’s a good possibility it’s going to be a last-possession game.
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|01.06.10 at 4:14 pm ET|
FOXBORO – Thanks to the Patriots media relations staff, here are comments from Wednesday’s open locker room at Gillette Stadium.
Vince Wilfork, Nose Tackle
(On the Ravens)
“We’re playing a Baltimore team that it went down to the wire the last time we played them. They’re a tough, tough, physical football team, so we have to make sure that we prepare very, very hard against these guys. And I’m sure they’re doing the same thing. Suddenly, we have a challenge. Hopefully, we can get it done and move on. But we’ve definitely got to take it one day at a time and put all of our eggs in this basket and move forward. We’ve got to do everything possible — to the man — to play our A-game. Anything other than that and we’ll come out on the losing end of the sticks. We’ve got to be prepared and I think we had a great practice today. We’ll look at film, make the corrections and move forward, but I think we’re off to a good start.” Read the rest of this entry »
|01.06.10 at 3:51 pm ET|
Patriots Injury Report
Did Not Participate
OL Dan Connolly (ankle)
QB Tom Brady (right shoulder/right finger/rib)
WR Julian Edelman (forearm)
DE Jarvis Green (knee)
T Nick Kaczur (shoulder)
CB Shawn Springs (knee)
DE Ty Warren (ankle)
TE Benjamin Watson (knee)
DL Vince Wilfork (foot)
|01.06.10 at 3:30 pm ET|
FOXBORO – The Patriots officially placed wide receiver Wes Welker on season-ending injured reserve on Wednesday following his left knee injury on Sunday.
In a corresponding move, they signed linebacker Thomas Williams to the active squad.
Receivers Robert Ortiz and Nick Moore were signed to the practice squad while receiver Darnell Jenkins was placed on the practice squad injured list.
|01.06.10 at 3:12 pm ET|
FOXBORO – Patriots quarterback Tom Brady acknowledged at his press conference this afternoon that he has spoken to Wes Welker by phone a couple of times since Sunday’s season-ending left knee injury.
“We spoke a few times,” Brady said. “He’s one of my best friends. He’s doing good, all things considered.”
Brady said he told Welker things will change in life when you have a season-ending knee injury like the one that ended Welker’s season on Sunday.
The Associated Press awarded Brady the NFL Comeback Player of the Year honor on Wednesday for coming back from the same type of left knee reconstruction that Welker faces this offseason.
“I spoke to Wes and I said, ‘Things kind of change and evolve in your life a little bit when you have an injury like that,’” Brady said. “You really appreciate the game. For whatever reason, it’s not that you didn’t appreciate it before but it’s just a different level when you don’t have the opportunity to play.”
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