By Michael Vega, Globe Staff
FOXBOROUGH – Andre Carter, the Patriots veteran pass rusher, echoed coach Bill Belichick's scathing criticism of Wes Welker's open-field hit on Aqib Talib, saying "That was nasty."
During his wrap-up press conference Monday at Gillette Stadium, Belichick ripped Welker's mid-field collision with Talib, which knocked the Patriot's top cover corner out of Sunday's 26-16 loss at Denver in the AFC Championship Game, calling it "one of the worst plays I've seen.''
Said Carter, "It was unfortunate that he went down in one of the biggest games of his life, that was definitely disappointing.''
Asked if he thought Welker intentionally targeted Talib, who was covering Demaryius Thomas on a crossing route over the middle, Carter said, "Unfortunately, that was nasty. I'm sure the NFL will review that and see what they can do to rectify those particular plays. Fortunately, Talib was able to walk, but if it got a lot more serious who knows what would've happened."
Carter said pick plays are commonplace in the league, but he said what made Welker's particularly "nasty"' was because of "the level of impact and the level of force," of the hit.
"If you step into the wrong place at the wrong time, it can be very devastating," Carter said. "It looked like it was intentional. But the NFL will review it and, hopefully, Talib will just heal and get ready for the following season.
"People will say it was dirty and people will say it was nasty. I can't really say it was uncalled for, but the play was unacceptable. At the end of the day, they won and we're moving forward."