Patriots Welker Misses Practice On Wednesday

Ian Logue
November 02, 2011 at 06:24pm ET

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Welker nearly got decapitated on Sunday against Pittsburgh. (FILE:Icon/SMI)

As New England went into their two minute offense with about six minutes to go against the Steelers, Patriots wide receiver Wes Welker probably had no idea of what was about to happen.

On the first play from scrimmage, Welker caught an 8-yard pass from Tom Brady, but was immediately met by Steelers safety Troy Polamalu, who nearly took Welker’s head off after Polamalu wrapped him up high and ripped him down to the ground by his head and shoulder.

Welker stayed down on the ground for a bit after the play was over, and it must still be bothering him because he missed Wednesday's practice with a "neck" injury.

He spoke to the New York media on Wednesday in a conference call, which is somewhat good news since most injured players generally don't talk to reporters.  While most of the Giants beat writers were probably unaware of that play, they did ask him if he was frustrated during Sunday's loss.

"I think we were frustrated on offense overall," said Welker, who finished with 6 catches for just 39 yards against Pittsburgh.  "We weren’t moving the ball the way we wanted to and doing the things we wanted to. To have a game like that is definitely frustrating. It is something that we have to learn from and understand that we have to come out and play much better. We have to do the things we need to do to be successful on the field."

As they try to rebound against New York, Welker talked about the fact that Bill Belichick does a good job about making sure they don't lose back-to-back games, which is what they'll try and avoid this weekend.

"I think coach Belichick has done a great job, especially after a loss, bringing everybody together and making sure we understand what we need to do and learning from our mistakes in the previous game," said Welker.  "We know what we need to do and hopefully that continues on this Sunday."