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Tuesday, August 30, 2011
Patriots' Wes Welker feeling 'OK'

By Chris Forsberg
ESPNBoston.com

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- New England Patriots wide receiver Wes Welker said Tuesday he feels "OK" after suffering a neck injury while making a tackle in Saturday's preseason 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 New England's medical staff.

"We'll see what doctors and trainers and everybody else says. Whatever they say is what's going to happen," said Welker, who did not participate in practice Tuesday. "I'm just working hard and trying to get back out there."

Welker injured himself making a tackle after quarterback Tom Brady was intercepted 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 his neck was involved.

"I think anything that has to do with that part of your body, it's always scary," said Welker, able to move his head 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 all right, and the doctors checking me out. Now I'm just trying to get ready for the next game."

The hit didn't hurt Welker's sense of humor. Asked if he had memory loss after the hit 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.

Asked again 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."

Chris Forsberg is a reporter and columnist for ESPNBoston.com.