Welker (neck) meets with media, adds little on injury

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Welker (neck) meets with media, adds little on injury

By Tom E. Curran
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FOXBORO - Wes Welker met with media Tuesday for the first time since injuring his neck against the Lions. He didn't tell anyone anything they didn't already know. Welker was injured when he made a tackle following a Tom Brady interception. Asked what happened on the play, Welker answered, "Guy made a good play on the ball and I needed to make the tackle so I went in there and made the tackle and got him down."Clearly.Whathappened tohis neck? Did he lose feeling? Did he suffer a stinger? "I don't really recall," Welker claimed. "I just remember making sure everything was all right and the doctors checking me out and trying to get ready for the next game."Since he found it impossible to remember what happened, I asked Welker if he suffered memory loss or was knocked out. He obviously didn't. He was just being unnecessarily obtuse about the injury. "You all put me in some bad positions," he answered. Tom E. Curran can be reached at tcurran@comcastsportsnet.com. Follow Tom on Twitter at http:twitter.comtomecurran

How will Jacoby Brissett's development effect decision to trade or keep Jimmy Garoppolo?

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How will Jacoby Brissett's development effect decision to trade or keep Jimmy Garoppolo?

In this week's episode of "Quick Slants The Podcast" presented by Papa Gino's, Tom E. Curran and Phil Perry discuss Patriots players and coaches that could be either coming or going. Also, former offensive lineman and current sports radio host Rich Ohrnberger is this week's guest to talk about his years with the team, including some great stories on O-Line coach Dante Scarnecchia.

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Here's this week's rundown:

  • (3:10) Can Cyrus Jones recover next year, and does he need to with the potential loss of Logan Ryan?
  • (9:54) What to expect the end result to be for free-agent Dont'a Hightower. Is the franchise tag acceptable for both parties?
  • (20:30) Is Jimmy Garoppolo here to stay...(25:30) and how does Jacoby Brissett's development answer that question.
  • (30:58) The loss of tight end coach Brian Daboll to Alabama
  • (42:28) Interview with Rich Ohrnberger
  • (1:04:22) Michigan's Jabrill Peppers on the Patriots draft board

Kraft won't hold a grudge over Deflategate, but he also won't forget it

Kraft won't hold a grudge over Deflategate, but he also won't forget it

Haters gonna hate. Robert Kraft knows that, and he's not going to hold a grudge because of it. But he won't forget, either.

The New England Patriots owner appeared on the latest episode of HBO's "Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel" for an interview with Andrea Kremer that aired Tuesday night, and he was as candid as any member of the organization has been throughout the Deflategate saga.

“I really don’t hold grudges,” Kraft admitted in the interview, per WEEI. “I mean, I remember everything, but I move on . . . Envy and jealousy are incurable diseases. The haters still hate. And I understand it, and we’ll do our best to keep them in that position.”

And while Kraft isn't holding grudges, he still recognizes the negative impact the controversy left on Tom Brady's pristine reputation.

“He’s just not the greatest quarterback in the history of the NFL,” Kraft began. “He’s an amazing human being. And is genuine. And as nice as everybody thinks he is, he’s nicer. And to see anyone attack him as an individual or his integrity. And that just wasn’t fair.”