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Welker talks on injury, rehab and working his way back

06.07.10 at 1:11 pm ET
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Wes Welker participated in about 30 minutes of drills before retreating to the Field House during Monday's OTA. (AP)

FOXBORO — Patriots wide receiver Wes Welker just wrapped up a Q&A with reporters that lasted just over four minutes. Here’s the complete exchange between the media and the receiver, who continues to work his way back after a knee injury he suffered in the regular-season finale last year against Houston.

On what you hope to accomplish being back out here with your teammates:
Well, you know, just getting back out there with my teammates and just getting out there and trying to get as many reps as I can and try and gain a little bit of muscle memory and try and get back out there and do a few things. Get out there with the guys and get better together.

Did you think you’d be back this fast?
I’m just taking it day-to-day and working hard and coming back as quickly as I can and just trying to get better on a daily basis.

Is this where you expected to be at this time?
I don’t know what my expectations were. My main goal was just going out and working hard every day and making sure that I get ready and push myself every day and try and get back as early as possible.

How do you feel right now? Are you where you thought you would be at this stage?
You know, I feel good. You know, just trying to work hard and day to day, just get a little better, and that’s been my plan from the get-go, and just sticking to that plan.

Were you aware the impact your return had on fans and other people?
I didn’t think it’d be that big a deal. I felt like I’ve been pushing it and trying to get ready and get out there with my teammates and get a few reps and try and get better as much as we can.

Is it more mental than physical at this point, as far as your confidence level is concerned?
I always feel confident, so I wouldn’t be out there if I didn’t feel confident. I know the coaches and teammates have confidence in me just like I do them, and we’re just going to move along as quickly as we can.

Do you remember the first time you were doing football-specific stuff?
I’ve been trying to do football-specific stuff from the get-go and doing that as much as possible. Just trying to stay up there.

Does the brace bother you? Are you expecting to play with it?
I don’t know. I don’t know. I’m just going along with it. It fells fine as of right now, and we’re just going to keep on rolling with it until we don’t need to anymore.

What do you visualize for yourself next season?
I visualize myself just going out there and helping the team as much as possible, and whatever that is, it is, and whatever the coaches want me to do, that’s where I’m going to be, and that’s all I can do right now.

Did you surprise yourself being out here in early June?
I mean, not really. I’ve been trying to push it since Day 1, and get back out there as early as possible and get back out there with my teammates.

Any concern at all about overdoing it too soon?
No, not really. I don’t look at it as overdoing it. I look it as pushing myself and getting myself ready as early as possible.

Are you limited in any way?
No, I feel pretty good out there. I still need to get back in the groove of playing ball and doing some things like that, but all is feeling all right right now.

Is the goal to get back by Opening Day?
I want to get back as early as possible. Whenever that is, is when it is. My main goal is just working hard and getting back with my teammates as early as possible.

You got medical clearance to be out here, right?
Yeah … they stay on top of me and make sure we’re doing all the right things and getting back as much as we can.

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