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Wes Welker brushes off Belichick question but explains Talib hit

Posted by Zuri Berry, Boston.com Staff  January 28, 2014 02:49 PM

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In the wake of remarks Bill Belichick made the day after the Patriots were beaten by the Broncos in the AFC Championship, Denver wide receiver Wes Welker was asked at Super Bowl Media Day Tuesday whether he thinks the Patriots coach hates him.

Welker brushed that question off, but the former Patriot was more inclined to answer questions about the play that brought on Belichick's scorn, including what his job was in the second quarter of the game, when he ran into Aqib Talib, injuring the Patriots star cornerback.

"It’s a rub play that everybody runs," Welker said. “It’s one of those deals where you try to get a rub on that guy and, really, if you can get him to go over the top of you, the more separation the other receiver will have.

"That’s what I tried to do to get Demaryius [Thomas] a little more open and unfortunately we collided."

Welker said there was nothing uncommon or unusual about the play, and he added that it was something the Patriots have run before.

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