ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick might have simply referred to Broncos’ Wes Welker "the receiver" and called Welker’s collision with Patriots cornerback Aqib Talib in last Sunday's AFC Championship Game "one of the worst plays I’ve seen."
But Friday, Welker was in his best moving-on mode following the team’s practice. The NFL's vice president of officiating, Dean Blandino, announced earlier this week the play was a "legal hit" and Welker was not fined by the league. Talib suffered a knee injury on the second-quarter play and did not return to the game.
Welker was asked Friday if he thought he might be fined and said: "I was never really worried about it."
Asked for a reaction to Belichick’s comments, which came the morning after the Broncos' 26-16 victory that earned them a trip to Super Bowl XLVIII, Welker wouldn’t dive in there, either.
"I don’t really have a reaction," said Welker, who played for Belichick for six seasons. "I’m just happy we won the game and happy about going to the Super Bowl."
Seattle Seahawks cornerback Walter Thurmond called the play "uncalled for" earlier this week and added that Welker had received "star" treatment for not being penalized on the play. Thurmond added he expected the Broncos to run a lot of similar routes through the middle of the field in the Super Bowl.
Asked if he a reaction to Thurmond’s comments, Welker again did his level best to escape the coverage.
"No, not at all," Welker said. "I just look forward to the game in New York and really just going out there and playing hard, going out there and competing and winning the game."