NFL VP Of Officiating: Welker’s Hit On Talib ‘A Legal Hit’

January 23, 2014 1:26 PM
NFL VP Of Officiating: Welker’s Hit On Talib ‘A Legal Hit’
" ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP/CBS) — Despite Bill Belichick’s strong words on Monday, the NFL didn’t find anything dirty about Wes Welker’s hit on Patriots cornerback Aqib Talib in Sunday’s AFC Championship.

The NFL’s officiating chief has cleared the Broncos receiver of any wrongdoing on the NFL Network on Wednesday night.

“It was a legal hit,” said Vice President of Officiating Dean Blandino.

On Monday, Belichick blasted Welker for the hit, calling it “one of the worst plays” he’d seen in nearly four decades of coaching. Without mentioning his former player by name, Belichick said it “was a deliberate play by the receiver to take out Aqib, no attempt to get open.” He added, “I’ll let the league handle the discipline on that play.”

There will be no discipline for Welker; Blandino said there was simply no infraction of the rules.

Welker, coming from the right, collided with Talib, who was running from the left to stay with his receiver, a split-second before Peyton Manning’s pass went off the hands of receiver Demaryius Thomas a few yards away in the first quarter Sunday. No flag was thrown "

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