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Aqib Talib unlikely to need surgery

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- New England Patriots cornerback Aqib Talib likely won't require surgery for the knee injury he suffered in the AFC Championship Game, coach Bill Belichick said Wednesday.

"I would say, to the best of my knowledge, I don't think so," Belichick said in his wrap-up interview on sports radio WEEI. "I don't think we're talking about an injury that would be of that kind of significance."

Belichick, who seldom discusses injuries publicly, left open the possibility that things could change regarding Talib.

Talib is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent on March 11, and is arguably the team's top priority to re-sign.

On Monday, Belichick was critical of Denver Broncos receiver Wes Welker's actions on the play that injured Talib in the Pats' 26-16 loss this past weekend.

Asked about it in his interview with WEEI, Belichick said: "We're done with that. Again, I congratulate Denver. I don't want to take anything away from what they did. They deserve to be playing this week. I don't have anything else to say about that."