Welker won't miss regular season games

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Welker won't miss regular season games

Wes Welker said Monday he won't miss any regular season games in 2012 because of dissatisfaction with progress on a long-term deal with the Patriots.

Asked by WEEI's Lou Merloni whether he'd miss regular-season games, Welker cited the 9.5 million franchise tender that's on the table for him, "There's 9.5 million reasons why I won't miss any regular season games. You don't have to worry about that."

Welker, who was on WEEI's Mut and Merloni Show to highlight his upcoming football camp,
indicated last month that he may not sign the tender before the team's June minicamp, hoping instead the Patriots would make good on its promise to negotiate a longer-term deal with him.

While it's been widely presumed that Welker would eventually sign and play for the franchise tender in 2012, Monday was the first time he put the issue of him missing regular-season games to rest.

Thomas (hip) feeling better, but still no determination on surgery

Thomas (hip) feeling better, but still no determination on surgery

BOSTON –  Brad Stevens said Isaiah Thomas (hip) is feeling better, but no decision has been made on whether the two-time All-Star will have surgery.

“He’s doing some rehab work out there with his people in Seattle,” Stevens told a pool reporter during Thursday night’s NBA draft. “He’s getting ready to host his Zeke-end (basketball tournament), which is a big deal for him.”

Thomas, who led all players in the Eastern Conference with a 28.9 points per game average, suffered a right hip injury in Boston’s second-round series against Washington but continued to play through it.

However, the injury only worsened and ultimately led to him being unable to return in the second half of Game 2 of the Eastern Conference finals against Cleveland which ended in five games.

Stevens said no decision has made yet as to whether Thomas will require surgery.

“He has his follow-up appointment here in a couple of weeks to determine next course of action,” Stevens said. “And nothing’s determined after that. He hasn’t done a lot, physically, and will be off his feet until that next appointment, or won’t be doing any basketball.”