PITTSBURGH, PA - OCTOBER 30: Wes Welker #83 of the New England Patriots is tackled Troy Polamalu #43 of the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field on October 30, 2011 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
The New England Patriots were without wide receiver Wes Welker at Wednesday practice, as well as linebacker Dane Fletcher. Defensive lineman Albert Haynesworth practiced fully.
The big news out of New England Patriots practice Wednesday was wide receiver Wes Welker's absence due to a neck injury sustained Sunday, which we detailed here. The injury was suffered on a hard hit by Pittsburgh Steelers safety Troy Palomalu, who brought Welker down by the shoulders and neck.
Linebacker Dane Fletcher also missed practice with a thumb injury, while defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth made his way off the injury report after previously being held to limited participation during his recovery from a back injury.
Still, handful of Patriots continue to practice only on a limited basis. They are: safety Josh Barrett (thumb), defensive end Shaun Ellis (rib), running back Kevin Faulk (knee), running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis (toe), tight end Aaron Hernandez (knee), linebacker Jerod Mayo (knee) and offensive tackle Sebastian Vollmer (back).