Welker welcomes physical play

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Patriots wide receiver Wes Welker has been on the receiving end of some rough hits the past couple weeks. Steelers safety Troy Polamalu left Welker with an ailing neck after a (non-flagged) facemask tackle in Pittburgh, while Giants linebacker Michael Boley popped him hard in Sunday's loss at Gillette Stadium.

Welker has been limited in practice this week due to a rib injury, but said Friday he welcomes the physical play.

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Wes Welker welcomes the physical play he's endured in recent weeks."It’s a physical game," said Welker. "That's the way it’s supposed to be played. You just gotta be ready for it, make sure that you’re being physical out there, playing the way you need to."

Welker leads the NFL in receptions (66) and receiving yards (960). Matched up with Jets corner Darrelle Revis for much of the teams' Week 5 meeting, Welker still produced five catches for 124 yards. He expects another challenge against Revis and the Jets on Sunday.

"[Revis is a] great player -- he’s fast, he’s quick, he’s strong, he does a lot of good things," said Welker. "He's a smart football player. You have to come up with creative ways to try to attack him, keep him on his toes. You have to really try to make him work out there and do creative things to get open."