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UPDATE (1/3/10, 2:00 p.m.): According to the New England Patriots on Twitter, Wes Welker is out for the game with the knee injury.
Wes Welker was injured during the first series against the Texans on a catch and run. He went to plant his left knee to shift his direction, but his knee appeared to get stuck in the turf, which caused his leg to awkwardly twist. Welker favored his knee right away, and had to be helped to the sideline. While on the bench, Welker was visibly upset with a towel draped over his head, indicating the injury could be serious.
Welker was later carted to the locker room, but his status is unknown. He’s almost certainly out for the rest of the game.
WR Julian Edelman took Welker’s place in the lineup.
Welker’s injury calls Bill Belichick’s decision to play him into question, but to me it was a freak injury and Belichick had nothing to do with it. What’s clear though, is that the Patriots will be in deep trouble in the playoffs without Welker.