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Tate on fellow WR: 'Wes is a warrior'

Posted by Albert Breer  June 7, 2010 02:59 PM

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Tate said he and Welker haven't talked ACLs, keeping it strictly to football. But his return was different, since he rehabbed in the shadows and wasn't publicly eased back on to the field.

By the letter of the league's laws, coming off the PUP list, he had to stay out practice through Week 6, and played right after that against Tampa in London.

"When they cleared me, I was ready," Tate said. "The whole time I was off, I was trying to get everything back. And when they cleared me, I was ready to go, excited. ... When I first got out there, I had the mindset – Just forget about it, go out there and play. That’s what I did."

But Tate, clearly, was impressed by what Welker's done to come back, which showed a player taking control of a bad situation created by circumstances so far out of his control.

"It’s real serious," Tate said of the injury. "It’s up to the person and their work ethic to see how bad they want. Are they gonna work hard and get it, or just lay around?"
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