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I fear this is very sad news for Welker and Hixon and long before it is noticed by the mainstream sports media and becomes official with more bad news later. Just like HGH, few of the media types want to touch this issue until of course it becomes overwhelmingly obvious nowadays courtesy of the blogosphere taking the lead to subvert the corporate media agenda by and for itself and its cronies.
At this high level of play, like fine-tuned machines, any permanent impairment especially to the knee, however slight, curbs a player's edge no matter how much we might cheer him on for a comeback the good of the game notwithstanding Welker is the only undrafted free agent since 2004 of a short list of receivers drafted low or not at all since 1990 to become star receivers (not counting new guys still not time-tested enough since 2007 now entering only their third seasons).
Note that this very short list of such guys like Welker with low draft expectations from 1990 to 2007 who have achieved consistent performance stardom includes by my count only the following guys to make a total of seven guys with TWO of them as tight ends with superb receiving skills enough to be able to be slot receivers:
Marques Colston in the 7th in 2006
Antonio Gates (TE) undrafted in 2003
Donald Driver in the 5th in 1999
Joe Horn in the 5th in 1996
Keenan McCardell in the 12th back in 1991
Shannon Sharpe (TE) in the 7th in 1990
These receivers with low draft status succeeding to such a degree only come around basically about three times a decade amidst all the numerous busts drafted higher, so such a development with Welker is awful for the game let alone the fact that it comes from non-contact.
Expect this matter on Field Turf to re-surface in a few weeks about the time the next player is hurt by such a non-contact injury due largely to the turf. The Vikings officially declared it unsafe for at least their home field and are in involved in legal action against Field Turf as well.
On the bright side, I don't recall any such devastating knee injury in the CFL this season and let's hope we don't have to see one and lose analogously to any injury at all another great receiver like Copeland.