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Welker expects to return this week

As everyone knows, it’s difficult to get quality injury information out of Fort Foxborough.

That’s one reason why Wes Welker’s absence from last weeks’ game against the Jets was so surprising.

ESPN’s Michael Smith, however, has found a crack in the wall. He reported on-air Wednesday that Welker “expects” to play this Sunday against the Falcons. Smith’s sources are feeling good about Welker’s chances of lining up. (Welker had not missed a game in his career before last week, which also supports the case.)

This being the Patriots, we probably won’t know for sure until Sunday morning just before kickoff.

If Welker does play, we’ll be curious to see if the Patriots will continue to use rookie Julian Edelman, who flashed some intriguing skills in Welker’s place last week, despite some mistakes.

Edelman could potentially steal snaps from Joey Galloway, who has struggled in his transition to the team.