Breathe easy, New England, Wes Welker is going to play Sunday. According to a report from ESPN.com, the Patriots wide receiver has a "99 percent" chance of taking the field in New England's contest against the Giants this afternoon. Welker twisted his neck this past Sunday against the Pittsburgh Steelers, with the injury likely being sustained during a hit from Steelers safety Troy Polamalu in the fourth quarter.
The second most important cog in the Patriots offense after quarterback Tom Brady, Welker leads the National Football League with 57 receptions this season and is second in the league with 824 receiving yards and six touchdown catches. Welker's matchup with Giants safety Antrel Rolle will be of great interest during the the 4:15 p.m. game, the result of comments Rolle made earlier in the week praising Welker, but saying he did not expect the Patriots wide receiver to give him or the New York secondary much trouble.