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Multiple sources report Patriots WR Wes Welkerwill have surgery next Tuesday to repair a torn ACL in his left knee. He has waited a month since the injury first occurred to let the MCL heal naturally and to avoid infection. A *Boston Globe *story believes Welker will be sidelined anywhere from 6-12 months.

*USA Today *says WR Wes Welker is the team's MVP for the 2009 season. He led the league in receptions for the second time in three years despite missing two games early in the season. Welker recorded a personal best 1,348 receiving yards this season.

Patriots NT Vince Wilfork has made it quite clear he does not want to receive the franchise tag by the organization and seeks a long-term contract. "You don't have that security you want, a long term deal where you're stationary, your family is stationary for another four or five years," Wilfork said according to the Boston Herald. "You don't get the signing bonus you played your whole career for, the big money. And then you're looking at a lockout season. Yeah, it's decent money for most people out there, and for what I do. It's OK, but I don't look at myself as an OK player." He addedit would be a slap in the face and an insult if he were franchised.

*ESPN Boston *reports CB Shawn Springs is uncertain about this future in the NFL. When asked if he'll hang up the cleats after 13 seasons on ESPN's "First Take," Springs said, "Maybe. I actually feel like I can still play a lot. I don't know yet." He later commented about Bill Belichick in terms of returning to the Patriots. Click here to read his comments.

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