Wes Welker, Chad Henne, and Pat White Hurt in Week 17

Chris FarmerCorrespondent IJanuary 3, 2010

FOXBORO, MA - NOVEMBER 22:  Julian Edelman #11 of the New England Patriots celebrates his first down run with teammate Dan Koppen #67 in fourth quarter against the New York Jets on November 22, 2009 at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Massachusetts. The Patriots defeated the Jets 31-14.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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Wes Welker left the Houston game today with a knee injury. He left on a cart with a towel over his head, which is usually an indication from the player that they know the injury to be serious.

It could be awful news for Patriots fans, but then again Belichick is the best at applying band aids to glaring sores.

I would be willing to bet his top two band aids may be journeyman Sam Aiken and rookie Julian Edelman.

Edelman is physically almost an exact replica of Welker, although not nearly as seasoned and unlikely to be as tough a runner after catch, and Aiken has some serious wheels for the long ball.

Expect both to get heavily involved in the postseason if Welker is out for the year.

After Chad Henne left with an eye injury, Pat White took a nasty helmet to helmet shot in the Dolphins-Steelers contest. The hit left White immediately motionless, and now Tyler Thigpen will get a chance to throw the 'Fins last desperation tosses of the season.

I have a couple of remarks about this scenario. First, if I were a Miami fan I would be upset with the coaching staff for not giving White much of an opportunity to throw the ball.

This is their last chance at having an opportunity to get into the playoffs, and by not even attempting to throw with White playing QB, they created a huge bull's eye on his back because the Steelers knew they were running every single play.

Secondly, I am a big fan of No. 3 QB Thigpen and who knows? They are down by 17, and last year playing on a bad Chiefs team he regularly put together some impressive fourth quarter drives.

I have seen enough of Thigpen that I think he is deserving of a chance to be the No. 1 long-term QB for some team.

Stay tuned.