FOXBORO (CBS) – Patriots receiver Wes Welker was absent from Wednesday’s practice session with what was listed as a neck injury.
Late in the fourth quarter of Sunday’s 25-17 loss to the Steelers, Welker was tackled awkwardly by safety Troy Polamalu. As he was being brought to the ground, Welker’s head twisted sideways. The Pats receiver was slow to get up but reamained in the game.
Welker’s 57 receptions are tops in the NFL this season, with his 824 yards ranking second. He had just six receptions for 36 yards in Sunday’s loss.
Also missing from Wednesday’s practice was linebacker Dane Fletcher, who missed Sunday’s game with a thumb injury.
Safety Josh Barrett (thumb), defensive end Shaun Ellis (rib), running backs Kevin Faulk (knee) and BenJarvis Green-Ellis (toe), tight end Aaron Hernandez (knee), and offensive lineman Sebastian Vollmer (back) were all limited in Wednesday’s practice as the Patriots get ready for a meeting with the Giants at Gillette.
Wide receiver Julian Edelman was on the field after his Halloween night arrest. Edelman was inactive for Sunday’s game against the Steelers.
Notables missing from the Giants practice on Wednesday included wide receivers Mario Manningham (illness) and Hakeem Nicks (hamstring), running back Ahmad Bradshaw (foot) and defensive end Osi Umenyiora (knee/shoulder).
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