FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- New England Patriots injured wide receiver Wes Welker joined his teammates on the sideline before Sunday's game against the Baltimore Ravens and served as an honorary captain at midfield for the pregame coin toss.
Welker, aided by crutches, received a standing ovation as he joined Sam Aiken, Randy Moss, Vince Wilfork, and Jerod Mayo at midfield, while his highlight reel played on the JumboTron to the tune of Kings of Leon's "Crawl."
Welker tore the ACL and MCL in his left knee during a Week 17 loss in Houston and was placed on season-ending injured reserve Wednesday.
Any energy Gillette Stadium had from his appearance was quickly sapped when Baltimore's Ray Rice took the first play from scrimmage 83 yards for a touchdown.
Welker watched the remainder of Sunday's game from the suite of owner Robert Kraft.