New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick said Broncos receiver Wes Welker’s hit on Aqib Talib was one of the worst plays he had ever seen.
Apparently, it was not one of the worst injuries Belichick has witnessed.
Talib left New England’s AFC championship game against the Denver Broncos after Welker’s hit. The Pro Bowl cornerback never returned, and Denver pulled off a 26-16 victory. It appears Talib’s injury looked bad, but his injury is not significant.
According to Nick Underhill of MassLive.com, Talib does not have structural damage in his knee, and he is “just banged up.”
Talib will become an unrestricted free agent after this season, and teams are more likely to pursue him knowing he is not recovering from a major injury. He will still be examined by the doctors of teams interested him, but this could be one less worry for Talib.
Tampa Bay traded Talib to New England in 2012, and the cornerback emerged into a Pro Bowler under Belichick this season. He played last season under a one-year deal that paid him $5 million. Talib will likely seek a deal during free agency that will give him long-term security.
Considering Talib’s impact this season, re-signing the cornerback could be the best thing Belichick sees during free agency.
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