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Welker: Houston turf ‘inconsistent,’ has yet to decide on surgery

01.12.10 at 4:46 pm ET

In his first local radio interview since a left knee injury ended his season against the Texans, Patriots wide receiver Wes Welker called the Reliant Stadium turf “inconsistent” and saying it “definitely played a big part” in his knee injury.

“It was very inconsistent,” Welker told WAAF Tuesday morning (click here to listen to the entire interview). “I was probably the first person out there on the field trying to test out shoes, and any time you have to test out shoes in the NFL in a place that’s … you know good weather and good everything like that, there’s definitely something wrong there.

“It’s something that needs to be fixed, for sure.”


Welker's season ended miserably at Houston's Reliant Stadium when he was carted off after suffering a devastating knee injury. (AP)

Welker said he had not had surgery on the knee yet, but was weighing his options.

“I’m still kind of researching that whole deal, talking to a lot of people and making sure I’m getting the best fit for me,” he said. “Making sure that I’m in a place I’m comfortable with and a situation that works best for me.”

Welker’s knee injury ultimately landed him on injured reserve, leaving him sidelined for last Sunday’s playoff loss to the Ravens at Gillette Stadium. Welker was with his teammates for the coin toss and on the sidelines before the start of the game (he watched the 33-14 defeat from a luxury box).

But watching from a luxury box was not the way he hoped to end the season.

“It was good to see all the fellas and everything like that,” said Welker, who led the NFL in receptions this season with 123. “I definitely wish I could have been there under different circumstances, but it was good to see everybody. I wish it could have been a better outcome than what happened.

“It was definitely a tough game to watch. It’s always hard to be a spectator and really put your finger on one thing or anything like that. It’s a lot easier on the field going through everything that’s going on out there. They definitely played real well and we didn’t. I think that was pretty evident out there on the field that was the case.”

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