Seahawks' Thurman: Welker hit 'really uncalled for'

Seahawks' Thurman: Welker hit 'really uncalled for'
January 23, 2014, 2:30 pm
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Add a Seattle Seahawks cornerback to the list of people who aren't fans of Wes Welker's hit on Aqib Talib in the AFC Championship Game.

No, it's not Richard Sherman.

Seahawks cornerback Walter Thurmond took issue with Welker's hit on Talib, he told reporters on Wednesday.

"It was really uncalled for," Thurmond said. "The receiver ran right into the guy. I don't know the extent of the injury Talib had, but I thought we were supposed to protect football players in this league now. I guess not. I guess that only goes one way."

NFL vice president of officiating Dean Blandino said on Wednesday Night that it was a legal hit, and no discipline would be handed out to Welker.

Thurmond certainly doesn't see eye-to-eye with the NFL's decision.

"If you're intentionally coming at somebody, it's supposed to be a flag," Thurmond said. "But they didn't throw the flag on him. Some players get away with a lot more than other players depending on status, but that's just the nature of the game."

"Welker had his head down, like he was coming down the whole time," he said. "That should be a flag, and he should be getting fined. There's a whole bunch of things that should happen in that situation, but I don't run the NFL."

Thurmond and the Seahawks are set to play Welker and the Broncos in the Super Bowl, and there's a very good chance those two players are matched up against each other at some point in the game, or at the least cross paths.

"We play a lot of man coverage, so we know they're going to have a lot of crossing routes like that," Thurmond said. "We're preparing for that situation to occur. We know that kind of contact is going to happen because we play so much man, and we'll be ready for it."