Wes Welker's knee has suddenly become the Indianapolis Colts' best talking point.
See? See what can happen when you actually try to win games you don't really need to win? Now the Patriots are without Welker in the playoffs because they played him in a meaningless game against the Texans. See why we stiffed the fans against Jets now?
Yeah, we see. Now let me deconstruct that argument.
No. 1, Welker got hurt on the Pats' first series. The very first. Which means even if the Pats' had been planning on resting their starters, he likely would have been out there anyway.
No. 2, the fact he did get hurt on the first series points up another truth: Players can get hurt anytime. This includes practice, which is where the Colts' backup quarterback, Jim Sorgi, got hurt. Which is why he wasn't playing and Curtis Painter -- the blameless scapegoat --was these last two weeks.
Bottom line? You could have sat Peyton Manning and Dallas Clark and Reggie Wayne and all the others every minute of the last two weeks, and they still might have gotten hurt in practice. Football's like that. All it takes is one wrong step end a guy's season.
Conclusion: If you can get hurt anytime, you might as well go for everything you can get. Especially when backing off has, historically, never worked to your benefit.