Welker vs. Edelman? Welker vs. Patriots? There have been a whole lot of theories why Wes Welker's playing time has been cut into.
Chris Gasper of the Boston Globe joined Felger and Mazz to talk about it. Felger wants to know if Welker's playing time is based on pure football reasons. Gasper doesn't think so.
"I think there is a component to it, but to answer your question, I don't think it is for pure football. I think there is a business element to that." said Gasper "The business element could be as simple as 'this guy might not be here next year,' lets start getting other people ready to fill in and to take his role."
Stay tuned to the Wes Welker saga to see how it unfolds.
Wednesday's practice participation/injury report for Sunday's Patriots-Texans game:
NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS
DID NOT PARTICIPATE
RB Rex Burkhead (ribs)
OT Marcus Cannon (ankle/concussion)
TE Rob Gronkowski (groin)
WR Danny Amendola (concussion/knee)
WR Phillip Dorsett (knee)
CB Stephon Gilmore (groin)
LB Dont'a Hightower (knee)
WR Chris Hogan (knee)
LB Elandon Roberts (thumb)
CB Eric Rowe (groin)
WR Matthew Slater (hamstring)
DT Vincent Valentine (knee)
DID NOT PARTICIPATE
G Jeff Allen (ankle)
CB Kevin Johnson (knee)
TE Stephen Anderson (concussion)
RB Alfred Blue (ankle)
WR Will Fuller V (shoulder)
CB Jonathan Joseph (shoulder)
G Xavier Su'a-Filo (knee)
DE J.J. Watt (finger)
CB Marcus Burley (knee)
T Chris Clark (wrist)
WR Bruce Ellington (concussion)
TE Ryan Griffin (concussion)
While a football game should be the furthest thing on people's minds after a natural disaster, the earthquake that measured 7.1 on the Richter scale and struck near Mexico City, killing more than 200, has led to the NFL reviewing whether the Patriots-Raiders game scheduled there for Nov. 19 at Estadio Azteca can take place.
“The initial information from that review is the stadium is remarkably in good shape, and that’s a testament to the construction and the safety devices that were put in place when that stadium was built 50 years ago,” NFL vice president for international Mark Waller told NBCSports.com's Pro Football Talk. “The stadium is actually built with four gaps in it to allow the stadium to move in the event of an earthquake.”
Social media images showing what some thought was a crack in the stadium actually showed expansion joints that are a safety feature allowing the stadium to withstand an earthquake.
For the second consecutive year, the Raiders are giving up a home game to host a game at the stadium. They defeated the Houston Texans there last season.
“The Raiders have the people of Mexico City and the surrounding areas in our thoughts and prayers following today’s earthquake,” the Raiders said in a statement. “Mexico City is a special place for the Raider Nation, and the most heartfelt sentiments of the Raiders family go out to all of our Mexican neighbors in this time of need.”