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Injured knee takes Welker out of game

Posted by Monique Walker, Globe Staff  January 3, 2010 01:25 PM

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HOUSTON -- Patriots receiver Wes Welker has left the game with a left knee injury. Welker caught his first pass of the game on the Patriots opening drive, but his knee buckled as he turned up field.

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady went over to Welker as he was being helped by trainers. He hobbled off the field with the help of both trainers and was taken to the bench.

Welker had his head buried in his towel, clearly upset. As the Patriots drive ended, a few players tapped Welker on the shoulder and showed support. Eventually, he was carted to the locker room with a towel draped over his head. There has been no update from the Patriots yet about his injury. 

Welker was inactive earlier this year against the Jets and Falcons in September. He played the season opener, catching 12 passes for 93 yards, but he was listed on the injury report at the time with a knee injury.

Update: (12:49 CST): The Patriots announce Welker is out with a left knee injury and will not return.

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