Welker leaves with neck injury

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Welker leaves with neck injury

By Tom E. Curran
CSNNE.com Patriots Insider Follow @tomecurran DETROIT - A poor night for the Patriots in Detroit may wind up being a costly one as well. Wide receiver Wes Welker injured his neck making a second-quarter tackle after a Tom Brady interception. Welker walked slowly to the sidelines, was checked by trainers and then walked off the field even more slowly at halftime. The Patriots media relations staff said Welker's return was questionable. Right guard Dan Connolly also was injured in the first half and didn't return.
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Andrew Hawkins celebrates joining Patriots with 'Ballers' spoof

Andrew Hawkins celebrates joining Patriots with 'Ballers' spoof

Andrew Hawkins' situation isn't far off from a character in HBO's "Ballers." And he played into those connections with a video on Twitter.

The slot receiver, who signed with the Patriots on Wednesday, shares some similarities with the fictional football player Rickey Jerret, a veteran receiver who wades through interest from a number of teams, including New England, during free agency. Because of those similarities, Hawkins spoofed on a scene from "Ballers" where Jerret works out with Patriots receivers Julian Edelman and Danny Amendola. Hawkins imposes his face over Jerret's.