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Wes Welker: I wasn’t trying to knock Aqib Talib out of game

01.19.14 at 8:32 pm ET

DENVER — Wes Welker said he wasn’t trying to knock Aqib Talib out of the game when the two collided in the first half of Sunday’s AFC title game.

“It was one of those plays where it’s kind of a rough play, and I was trying to get him to go over the top, and I think he was thinking the same thing and wanted to come underneath and we just kind of collided,” Welker said after the game. “It wasn’t a deal where I was trying to hit him or anything like that.

“I hope he’s OK — he’s a great player and a big part of their defense.”

After the collision, Talib left the field, and then departed for the locker room. He came back out at the start of the second half, but was unable to go the rest of the way. Following the game, Talib said ‘€œif I could have been out there, I would have been out there.’€ The corner said he ‘€œ[couldn’t] remember how the play went,’€ but said that it was ‘€œvery difficult’€ to sit and watch the rest of the game.

Welker ended up with four catches for 38 yards in the win, and will advance to Super Bowl XLVIII with the rest of the Broncos.

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