Wes Welker, Jermaine Cunningham sit

Updated: August 13, 2010, 11:15 AM ET
By Mike Reiss | ESPNBoston.com

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Despite his progress in returning from a knee injury, New England Patriots receiver Wes Welker did not play in Thursday night's preseason opener at Gillette Stadium, a 27-24 win for the Patriots against the New Orleans Saints.

When asked after the game if the approach with Welker was playing it safe, coach Bill Belichick said, "The players that didn't dress and play tonight, we just didn't feel were ready to play. That goes for everybody."

Earlier in the day, ...

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