DENVER — With just one more hurdle left on the road to the NFL championship, Denver Broncos coach John Fox and several players met with the media on Monday afternoon.
Wes Welker’s hit on Aqib Talib
Patriots coach Bill Belichick accused Broncos WR Wes Welker of deliberately injuring CB Aqib Talib with a hit in Sunday’s game. Talib came out with a knee injury and never returned.
Fox said he hadn’t heard Belichick’s comments, but said Welker is not a dirty player.
“I know Wes Welker is a great player, high integrity,” Fox said. “I can say that we were not doing anything with intent. That’s really the only comment I have.”
Denver WR Demaryius Thomas agreed.
“Things happen in football,” he said. “Sometimes people get hurt,”
Champ Bailey, Demaryius Thomas
“It’s been good to get (CB Champ Bailey) back,” Fox said. “He’s gotten back into the flow of playing and I thought yesterday was his best performance of the season.”
“(Demaryius Thomas) is a wealth of talent,” Fox said. “He’s big, physical, strong, fast — all the things you look for athletically and he worked extremely hard.”
Fox characterized RB Knowshon Moreno (ribs) as day-to-day. CB Tony Carter has a pinched nerve, rather than a concussion as initially feared, Fox said. Carter was expected to play in the Super Bowl.
Facing the Seahawks
“I know they’re a great football team,” Fox said. “Pete Carroll and staff has done a terrific job.
“I know they got after us pretty good when we were out there in the preseason. We haven’t dug into them too in-depth yet, but any time you reach a championship game — the world championship game — I think usually the opponent is pretty good.”
Fox said staying focused would be key for his players.
“It’s just staying focused on the job at hand, instead of the noise on the outside, focus on the preparation on the inside,” Fox said. “Anytime you get to play-off season, you want to be playing your best football. I think the last couple weeks we have.”