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Patriots' Wes Welker Leaves Game With Neck Injury In Second Quarter

Wek Welker suffered a neck injury during the second quarter of the New England Patriots' 34-10 loss to the Detroit Lions - their first loss of the preseason - and was removed from the game on Saturday night at Ford Field.

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Wes Welker suffered a neck injury during the second quarter of the New England Patriots' 34-10 loss to the Detroit Lions - their first loss of the preseason - and was removed from the game on Saturday night at Ford Field.

While Welker wasn't removed from the game immediately, he apparently suffered the injury while making an open-field tackle after an interception thrown by Patriots' quarterback Tom Brady prior to halftime. The injury wasn't reported by the Patriots until the third quarter.

Welker was the Patriots' leading receiver in the loss, collecting 71 yards and a touchdown on three catches. Welker led the team in receiving yards and receptions last season, racking up 848 yards and seven touchdowns on 86 catches. In four seasons in New England, Welker has 4,536 receiving yards and 22 touchdowns on 432 receptions.

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