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Sunday, November 7, 2010
Welker on kicking: 'Just have to be ready'

By Mike Reiss

CLEVELAND -- There weren't many bright spots for the Patriots in their 34-14 loss to the Browns, although receiver Wes Welker provided one of the few highlights.

Pressed into duty with kicker Stephen Gostkowski sidelined with a thigh injury, Welker served as the team's emergency kicker and converted a point-after attempt in the fourth quarter. He also took the ensuing kickoff.

The last time Welker kicked in a game was as a member of the Miami Dolphins in 2004, when he had a point-after attempt and field goal against the Patriots.

"You just have to be ready for any sort of situation," he said. "Unfortunately that came up and you just have to make due with what you got."

Welker, whose soccer background makes him a perfect emergency option, was asked how much he has practiced for those type of situations.

"Never," he responded. "I can't remember the last time I kicked a ball. It's been a while."

In a lighter moment, Welker added: "You don't really expect that to happen. As you can see, it's an easy job."