WR Tate Gets Knee 'Cleaned Up' - Expected to Make Full Recovery

Ian Logue
February 16, 2010 at 12:23am ET

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It appears that things are looking good for Patriots wide receiver Brandon Tate, who had his rookie season cut short after being placed on injured reserve this past season with a knee injury.

Tate, who reportedly tore his ACL and MCL on a punt return during his senior season in North Carolina, appeared in two games this year before being placed on injured reserve by New England.  However according to the Boston Globe he only underwent a minor procedure to "clean up his knee" and is expected to make a full recovery.

That's definitely good news for the Patriots who are already facing the prospect of being without Wes Welker next season.  Receiver has been an area where they need depth, and if Tate can recover to be the player he was in college, fans should have a reason to be excited to see him back on the field next season.

We don't yet know what he'll mean to this football team, but here's a great video of Tate after his injury in North Carolina - where he was revered and definitely a guy who meant a lot to the University during his time there. Hopefully he'll go on to be a great player here in New England as well.