Erin Weaver
Wednesday January 22nd, 2014

Talib missed the second half of the championship game with a knee injury, but reportedly didn't sustain any serious damage. (Doug Pensinger/Getty Images) Talib missed the second half of the championship game with a knee injury. (Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

Patriots cornerback Aqib Talib took a controversial hit from Wes Welker during Sunday's AFC Championship Game that kept him out for the rest of the game. A source tells MassLive.com that Talib suffered no structural damage to his knee and was "just banged up."

Welker's hit on Talib came with around 13 minutes remaining in the second quarter. Talib crashed into Welker, who was coming from the opposite direction.

"I think it was a deliberate play by the receiver to take out Aqib," Belichick said during his Monday news conference. "No attempt to get open. I'll let the league handle the discipline on that play, whatever they decide. It's one of the worst plays I've seen."
Talib is set to become a free agent in March, and ESPN Boston reports that there is mutual interest between the team and Talib to re-sign the cornerback.

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