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Stephen Gostkowski's leg 'tightened up'

Posted by Monique Walker, Globe Staff  November 7, 2010 07:55 PM

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CLEVELAND -- Patriots kicker Stephen Gostkowski suffered a thigh injury today but didn't take any questions about the situation after the game.

Gostkowski was seen in the second quarter stretching and gingerly walking along the sideline but did not return after his kick off in the second quarter.

"His leg tightened up in the game; obviously he wasn't able to finish and kick, so we'll have to see," Patriots coach Bill Belichick said.

Without Gostkowski, wide receiver Wes Welker handled kicking duties. The Patriots only needed him twice as he converted an extra point in the fourth quarter and followed that with a 45-yard kick to the Cleveland 25.

Welker said he doesn't practice kicks often. He has done it before. The last time in a game was when Welker was with the Miami Dolphins. He converted a field goal and an extra point against the Patriots in 2004.

"Obviously that came up unfortunately, and you to make due with what you've got," Welker said.

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