The Patriots' worst nightmare came true. Wes Welker's left knee injury, sustained in the first quarter of a game with menial ramifications for their postseason plans, struck a potentially devastating blow to their Super Bowl aspirations.
According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, Welker has a tore ACL and MCL (not good).
After one of the greatest seasons an NFL wide receiver has ever had, Welker may have seen it end in the cruelest way.
"We're sick," said Leland Welker said shortly after the fourth quarter began. "We're absolutely sick. We take all those hits and stuff all season long. And then just one fluke cut, and he just blows it out."
Leland Welker had not yet heard any word on the extent or nature of Welker's injury, but he knew, like anyone who watched the play, that it was bad. Brady hit Welker on a pass over the middle, as he had done so many times this season. The catch gave Welker 123 on the year, giving him the second-highest single-season total in NFL history even though he had missed two games.
Welker turned up field and tried to elude safety Bernard Pollard, the defender who knocked out Brady in last year's season opener when he played for the Chiefs. Welker planted his left leg, attempting a cut to the right, and his knee buckled.
"He was really upset," Leeland Welker said. "He didn't feel like talking about it too much."
According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, Welker tore both his ACL and MCL (not good).