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Welker: I shouldn't have done it

New England Patriots wide receiver Wes Welker warms

New England Patriots wide receiver Wes Welker warms up before an NFL football game in the AFC playoffs against the New York Jets. (Jan. 16, 2011) Credit: AP

Wes Welker admitted that he should've put his foot in his mouth during his press conference in the days leading up to the Jets' eventual 28-21 AFC Divisional victory.

Welker got creative, finding ways to slip in 10 references to either "feet" "foot" or "toes." It was the Patriots wide receiver's way of taking a few shots at Rex Ryan and attempting to needle the Jets' coach after his alleged role in a foot-fetish video.

Patriots coach Bill Belichick sat Welker, New England's leading receiver, for their entire first offensive series in an apparent disciplinary act for Welker toeing the line. Welker said he now regrets the stunt.

“Yeah, sure I do,” he told the Boston Herald as he waited for his flight to go play in Sunday's Pro Bowl in Hawaii. “I’m not going to get into any details about it, but I don’t think it’s worth putting coach [Belichick] in that situation. So in a sense, I do regret it. ... As much as you might want to get enticed into that stuff, at the end of the day, it’s just not worth it.”

Welker's comments led to harsh criticism from Bart Scott a day later, when the linebacker told Newsday: "I'll tell you what. Be very careful what you say about our coach. His [Welker's] days in a uniform will be numbered. Put it like that."

Welker, who finished with seven receptions for 57 yards in the Jets' stunning win, appears to have learned a lesson about getting into a trash talking way of words with Ryan, Scott and the Jets.

“You know what, I think the best way to stick up for your teammate is on the field,” he said. “I like the fact we don’t get caught up in all that stuff. At the end of the day, it’s about football. That’s what it’s supposed to be about. That’s all that matters. It’s concentrating on your job and what you do, and not concentrating on the riff-raff that goes with all that other stuff.

"It’s about the team and going out there and playing good football. And not getting caught up in all the media hype. It’s just not worth it."

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