Wes Welker exits with neck injury

Updated: August 28, 2011, 6:08 PM ET
ESPNBoston.com

DETROIT -- New England wide receiver Wes Welker left Saturday night's 34-10 preseason loss at Detroit with a neck injury.

Welker appeared to suffer the injury while making a tackle on an interception thrown by quarterback Tom Brady late in the second quarter.

Welker was seen by reporters after the game and traveled home with the team. He told the Boston Herald that he was "OK."

Welker was New England's leading receiver last season, catching 86 passes for 848 yards. He's part of a veteran group of receivers with the Patriots that also includes Deion Branch and Chad Ochocinco. Welker caught a 44-yard touchdown pass from Tom Brady in the second quarter Saturday for New England's first touchdown of the game.

Meanwhile, Patriots cornerback Jonathan Wilhite left the field under his own power after being examined by members of the team's medical staff. He was banged up on a third-down play early in the third quarter.

Information from ESPNBoston.com's Mike Reiss and The Associated Press was used in this report.

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