Welker suffered a neck injury Saturday night. (FILE:Icon/SMI)

The Patriots have seen their fair share of guys get banged up this preseason, however they suffered quite a setback during their game against the Lions Saturday night.

Trailing 20-10 heading into the final minute of the half, New England was trying to do something positive and grab some momentum before they headed off into the locker room.

With about a minute left and all of their timeouts, it was a great time to work on putting together a potential scoring drive.  Instead, Tom Brady got picked off by Lions defensive back Ricardo Silva.  On the play wide receiver Wes Welker was forced to make an open field tackle, and reportedly suffered a neck injury on the play.

Welker didn’t come back out onto the field in the second half, and the team – surprisingly – reported the injury.

The Lions then turned around and scored a touchdown to go up 27-10 at the half.

Obviously at this point we don’t know the severity, and one can only hope that with the season still weeks away that he’ll be ready when they open the year against the Dolphins.