Updates from Tuesday, Jan. 21
Nick Underhill of MassLive.com has the latest on Aqib Talib's health:
Updates from Monday, Jan. 20
Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald provided a statement from Bill Belichick discussing the play that resulted in Aqib Talib's injury:
New England Patriots star cornerback Aqib Talib exited the team's AFC Championship Game showdown with the Denver Broncos on Sunday, Jan. 19, with a knee injury.
Here is a look at the play that caused the injury:
The Patriots' official Twitter account indicated that Talib was questionable to return to the gridiron at Sports Authority Field at Mile High:
Talib was originally diagnosed with a rib injury, via the Patriots, but that diagnosis was incorrect.
Mike Reiss of ESPNBoston.com reported that Talib headed to the locker room in the second quarter for further evaluation:
ESPN.com's James Walker weighed in on what the lockdown cornerback's absence would mean for head coach Bill Belichick and the Patriots' defensive game plan:
Ross Tucker of NBC Sports Network felt that Wes Welker was in the wrong to initiate a massive collision that knocked Talib out of the game:
The Boston Herald's Jeff Howe pointed out that Talib returned to the sidelines:
However, Talib quickly returned to the locker room for more evaluation (via Reiss):
Following halftime, Talib returned to the sidelines but didn't have his helmet, via Howe:
Following the Patriots' loss to Denver, Talib talked about the injury (via Field Yates of ESPN and Bart Hubbuch of the New York Post):
The 27-year-old Talib is a big, physical corner with excellent coverage and ball skills—and was one of the prominent threats to Peyton Manning before his exit.