Wes Welker on returning to New England: ‘It’s a big game’
|11.21.13 at 10:25 pm ET|
On not going sleeveless in the cold weather: ‘No, not for practice. Maybe for a game, but not for practice. Try and bundle up, stay warm.’
On being excited for the Patriots game: ‘Definitely excited. It’s a big game, a big matchup. Great environment and everything else. I really look forward to it.’
On if it will be strange playing in New England as a visitor: ‘Since Miami, yeah, I’m sure it will be, a little bit. But it’s another game, another field’it’s still the same size and everything else. I’m familiar with it, so that’s an advantage for sure.’
On whether he has shared some of his experiences from New England with players in the locker room: ‘Trying to the best I can, just try and enlighten those guys and help them out the best I can. And really just preparing myself.’
On how he’s feeling: ‘Feeling good.’
On whether he will play on Sunday: ‘That’s what I’m hoping for. Just listen to what the doctors say and go from there.’
On his recovery process this week: ‘Just meeting with the independent doctors and going through multiple tests and everything else.’
On how he felt in practice: ‘I felt fine. I feel fine. I’m just preparing myself, getting ready and hopefully just get cleared for Sunday.’
On whether he immediately knew he had a concussion on Sunday: ‘I wasn’t really sure. I wasn’t sure.’
On when he came out of the game and went back in before coming back out and going through a concussion evaluation: ‘I came out of the game and obviously it was a tough hit and everything else. And then went back in and came back out again.’
On whether he felt symptoms when he came out of the game for the second time: ‘Yeah. And so I decided it was probably in our best interest to get on out and put somebody in there that knows what they’re doing.’
On running the ball: ‘Whatever we have to do to move the ball down the field. If it’s running the ball, passing the ball, whatever we have to do. And making sure that we’re putting ourselves in the right play and taking care of that. And just moving the ball down the field and scoring points.’
On if he was getting his neck checked out the first time he left the game: ‘You know, I sat there and got checked and then just went back in.’
On every week being a big game: ‘Yeah absolutely, they’re always big games in the NFL but there’s definitely some down the stretch that can put you in position for later on in the season and this is definitely one of those games against a really good team. We have to make sure that we’re coming out and playing the way we need to be to have a chance to win.’
On keeping tabs with Patriots QB Tom Brady: ‘Yeah for sure, I stay in contact with Tom. Not this week. This week, we’re pretty much enemies (laughing) but no, we’re really tight and close. I wish the best for him’just not this week.’
On not wanting to sit out: ‘I want to be out there. I mean, there are not too many games I’ve missed in my whole career and I love playing the game especially in big atmospheres like this. So I’m doing everything possible in my power to make sure that I get the opportunity to play in a game like this.’
On how he serves as a leader to the younger players: ‘For me it’s just going out there and trying to lead by example and really just going out there in practice and working hard and preparing and just trying to set an example. I think they do a great job themselves setting an example for myself and everyone else.’
On it being beneficial to prepare for New England in the cold weather: ‘For sure, for sure. It’s great to have this type of weather and get you ready for what you’re going to see come game time.’
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