FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (WGGB) — Patriots head coach Bill Belichick is speaking out about the play that injured cornerback Aqib Talib.
During the second quarter of Sunday’s AFC Championship game against Denver, Broncos receiver Wes Welker collided with Talib during a pass play up the middle of the field.
Talib was on the field for a few minutes following the hit and would end up leaving the game with a knee injury.
At a press conference Monday at Gillette Stadium, Belichick discussed the play:
“I was asked about the hit on Talib…and I feel badly for Aqib, the way that play turned out. I went back and watched it, which I didn’t have a chance to yesterday. It was a deliberate play by the receiver to take out Aqib…no attempt to get open. I’ll let the league handle discipline on that play. It’s not for me to decide, but it’s one of the worst plays I’ve seen…and that’s all I have to say about that.”
Sunday, Belichick noted that that play was a “key play in the game” and said that Talib is a “key player for us.”
The Broncos would go on to win the game 26-16. They will now face the Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl XLVIII.