The NFL's leading pass-catcher was absent from practice Wednesday for the New England Patriots. Wide receiver Wes Welker was forced to sit out with a neck injury, likely sustained during the fourth quarter of this past Sunday's loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Midway through the final quarter, Pittsburgh safety Troy Polamalu took Welker to the ground by his shoulders and neck. The hard hit left Welker slow to get up, but Welker remained in the game nonetheless. Welker leads the NFL with 57 receptions and is second in the league in receiving yards (824) and tied for second in receiving touchdowns (6).
Welker was the subject of some bulletin board-worthy remarks from New York Giants safety Antrel Rolle earlier in the day. Rolle, who could be tasked with covering Welker when the two teams square off Sunday, was asked at Giants practice what made the Patriots' top receiver so tough to cover.
"I don't know," Rolle said. "You've got to ask those guys he's giving trouble to. I don't plan on having to answer to those questions."