Reasons abound as to why Wes Welker didn't start against the Cardinals Sunday. Maybe the Patriots are looking to see what they have in Julian Edelman. Maybe Edelman earned a spot over Welker with his play in practice and in training camp. Maybe the Patriots simply are trying to keep Welker fresh.
Or maybe Welker's being disciplined.
That's what Ty Law thinks, at least. On Sports Sunday Law told Michael Felger that it looks like the Patriots receiver is being punished.
"Something is happening internally that we don't know about and we probably will never know," Law said. "All we can do is speculate because Wes Welker was not your starting receiver -- who's led not just your team but the whole league in receptions the last five years -- that's not in the starting lineup that tells me it's some type of disciplinary problems that's going on."
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The Patriots had a handful of veterans who missed spring practices back on the field Monday.
The team's website posted video of a training camp "sneak preview," featuring clips from a practice held three days before the official start of camp. In the video were shown offensive tackle Nate Solder, running back LeGarrette Blount and safety Duron Harmon getting in some work after all three were absent from OTA practices open to the media.
Solder suffered a biceps injury last season that landed him on season-ending injured reserve, which helped throw the Patriots protection in front of Tom Brady into a state of flux for much of the remainder of the season. Should Solder be able to participate in camp practices, as it appears will be the case, the team will have a stabilizing presence on the left side of the line as it prepares for the regular season.
Blount also landed on IR last season after having suffered a hip injury late in the year. He hit the open market as an unrestricted free agent this offseason and eventually signed a one-year deal to remain in New England. If healthy, Blount figures to have the edge in claiming the "big back" role that he's filled for the Patriots at different points over the course of the last three seasons.
Harmon sported a red non-contact jersey during Monday's workout, indicating that he may still need some time before he's ready for any kind of tackling drills this summer. The fourth-year safety explained earlier this month that he was "ready to go" for camp after "just trying to clean up some things physically" during the spring.