Welker on neck injury: 'I feel OK'
August, 30, 2011
By Chris Forsberg | ESPNBoston.com
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Patriots wide receiver Wes Welker said Tuesday he feels 'OK' after suffering a neck injury while making a tackle in Saturday's exhibition loss to the Detroit Lions.
Pressed on whether he'd be able to play in Thursday's preseason finale against the New York Giants, Welker was guarded and suggested he'd leave that decision to the medical staff.
"We’ll see what the doctors and trainers and everybody else says, whatever they say is what’s going to happen," said Welker. "I’m just working hard and trying to get back out there."
Welker, who did not participate in Tuesday's practice session, injured himself making a tackle after quarterback Tom Brady was intercepted by Lions safety Ricardo Silva late in the first half of Saturday's game. Welker said he wasn't knocked out, but he doesn't recall whether he lost feeling. He admitted it was a scary moment because of the injured region.
"I think anything that has to do with that part of your body, it’s always scary," said Welker, who was able to move his head in all directions while addressing reporters. "But we have good doctors, good trainers, so I wasn’t too worried about it.
"I don’t really recall [if he lost feeling], I just remember making sure everything was alright, and the doctors checking me out. Now I'm just trying to get ready for the next game."
The hit didn't injure Welker's sense of humor. Pressed if he had memory loss after the hit, this after admitting he couldn't remember if he lost feeling, Welker smiled and said, "Y’all put me in some bad positions around here," drawing laughter from the media crowd.
Pressed one last time if he could play Thursday if asked to do so, Welker noted, "If [coach] Bill [Belichick] wants me out there and the doctors OK it, I’ll definitely be out there."