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Patriots' Welker's denies wrist injury; WR probable vs. Redskins

New England Patriots wide receiver Wes Welker on Friday downplayed what appeared to be a black soft-cast on his right wrist at a Tuesday charity event in Boston, saying he never wore a brace.

Welker has no known wrist injury, and has only been listed on the team's injury report this week with a knee injury. Important to note considering the Patriots' knack for listing every player's bump and bruise, as the Boston Herald pointed out.

The Boston media caught up with Welker at the team's facility Friday, and the Patriots' leading receiver said his wrist was fine.

"I never wore a brace so I'm not sure where that's coming from," Welker said. "I don't know, whatever they think, they think. I'm just out there trying to play some ball."

Welker also denied that he donned a soft-cast before begrudgingly agreeing with the suggestion that the black contraption on his wrist was merely a sleeve.

"Just a little lining," Welker said. "Yeah, I guess a sleeve."

Welker is officially listed as probable for the the Patriots' matchup with the Washington Redskins this weekend,. He has been a limited participant in practice this week because of the knee injury.

Patriots linebacker Brandon Spikes, sidelined the last four weeks with a knee injury, was a limited participant in practice Thursday and Friday and is listed as questionable. Offensive tackle Sebastian Vollmer has been ruled out with a back injury.

For a complete look at all injuries around the league, go to's injury page.

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