On Sunday night, Wes Welker is supposed to suit up for his new team, the Broncos, and head into Gillette Stadium to take on his old team, the Patriots. There's just the pesky little matter of a concussion standing in the way.
"I've been around [Welker] long enough to know what he's all about," Brady said Wednesday. "He loves playing football, and if there's a chance for him to play, especially coming back here, he's definitely going to be out there. I've got no question about that."
The quarterback hasn't actually spoken to his old friend, however. He just believes that this is the sort of game that Welker wouldn't miss.
"No, no he didn't do that," Brady said. "But it would take an awful lot for him to miss the game."
Welker has to clear all the NFL concussion protocols before he can be perfectly fit to play. But this a game he's had marked on his calendar ever since he signed with the Broncos this offseason.
Revenge aside, there's also the matter of Peyton Manning needing Welker. Demaryius Thomas and Eric Decker present a nightmare matchup for teams to cover, but it's Welker who really gets the motor running on this offense, generating an underneath presence that teams are forced to defend, drawing coverages away from the receivers on the outside.