Patriots Welker Says He Hopes to Be Ready For the Season Opener

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August 31, 2011 at 08:19am ET

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Welker hopes to be ready when the Patriots open up the season against Miami on September 12th. (FILE:Icon/SMI)

With the season opener for New England less than two weeks away, it sounds like Patriots wide receiver Wes Welker may be ready to play when the team opens up down in Miami on September 12th.

While it didn't sound like a definite, it appears that the neck injury suffered by Welker during last Saturday night's debacle against Detroit won't keep him out of their week one match-up against the Dolphins.

“I hope so,’’ Welker told the media on Tuesday when asked if he'd be ready. “We’ll see what the doctors and the trainers and everybody else says and what they say is what’s going to happen.’’

The injury occurred as Welker made a tackle following an interception by Tom Brady at the end of the first half during their 34-10 loss to the Lions.  On the play it appeared he lowered his head and had it pushed back as he took down Lions defensive back Ricardo Silva.

Welker admitted that while he was initially worried, he knows that he's in good hands with the team's training staff.

“I think anything that has to do with that part of your body is always scary,’’ he said. “We have good doctors and good trainers and stuff, so I wasn’t too worried about it.’’

According to most reports, Welker is not expected to play against the New York Thursday night in their preseason finale against the Giants at Gillette Stadium.

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