The Patriots wide receiver, who was injured in New England's regular-season finale against Houston, has scheduled surgery to repair the damage in his left knee for Tuesday at Mass General Hospital, an NFL source told Boston.com.
By the time Welker goes under the knife, it will have been about a month after he sustained the injury. He chose to wait to have the surgery because he wanted to give his knee time to heal in order to prevent infection. Quarterback Tom Brady's well-documented infection following his own ACL/MCL surgery occurred because he had his procedure before the knee had healed properly.
The recovery time for the surgery is 6-12 months, so while Welker is not likely to be ready for the start of the 2010 season, it is a possibility.