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Recovering Welker runs without pain; Banta-Cain admits to surgery

New England Patriots wide receiver Wes Welker looked fine while working out with kids at his youth football camp Saturday and said he doesn't feel any pain in his surgically repaired left knee when he runs, the *Boston Herald* reported.

"No, it's fine," Welker told a large media contingent. "I guess that's a good thing. I'm just trying to stay pain free. If you're feeling pain, you need to stop doing whatever you're doing. We'll move along pretty well."

Welker, who led the NFL in receptions last season, is recovering from tears to both his anterior cruciate and medial collateral ligaments suffered during New England's regular-season finale. He said last week that only the ACL injury required surgery, which took place Feb. 2.

Despite feeling good about where he's at with his recovery, Welker didn't issue a timetable for his return.

"Yeah, it's way early," Welker said. "We'll see what happens. My plan is to keep working hard and keep doing the things I've been doing to get to where I am now, and just keep on doing that stuff."

Also on Saturday, Patriots linebacker Tully Banta-Cain, who was on hand for Welker's camp, revealed he had shoulder surgery following the season, according to the Herald.

"I'm pretty much there, I'm back," Banta-Cain said of his recovery. "It was a minor surgery. It was nothing major. So I'm good to go."

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