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Bill Belichick doesn’t think cornerback Aqib Talib will need surgery

01.22.14 at 6:04 pm ET

Bill Belichick said Wednesday that the knee injury suffered by cornerback Aqib Talib in the first half of Sunday’s playoff loss to the Broncos will not necessitate surgery.

Speaking with WEEI’s Salk & Holley on Wednesday afternoon, the coach said that Talib — who went down after colliding with Denver receiver Wes Welker in the first half — will not have to go under the knife. For audio of the interview, visit the Salk & Holley audio on demand page.

“I don’t think we’re talking about an injury that would be of that kind of significance,” Belichick said.

Meanwhile, NFL head of officiating Dean Blandino told NFL Network Wednesday afternoon that there was no penalty called on Welker because, “under the current rules, this is a legal play.” On Monday, Belichick was highly critical of what happened in the contest, saying Welker’s maneuver was “one of the worst plays I’ve ever seen.”

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