New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick lobbed an uncharacteristic verbal grenade this morning.
Belichick accused his former star, Denver Broncos receiver Wes Welker, of trying to intentionally hurt Patriots cornerback Aqib Talib on a pick play early in the second quarter. The collision knocked Talib out of the game.
"I think it was a deliberate play by the receiver to take out Aqib," Belichick said in the opening remarks of his post-mortem news conference. "No attempt to get open.
"I'll let the league handle the discipline on that play, whatever they decide. It's one of the worst plays I've seen."
Buffalo Bills safety Jim Leonhard agreed. Leonhard tweeted that it appeared Welker was "on a suicide mission."
Leonhard is familiar with Welker. Leonhard was in the AFC East for four of Welker's six seasons with the Patriots.
Talib's absence made Peyton Manning's day much easier. Talib would've been matched with Demaryius Thomas, who caught seven passes for 134 yards and a touchdown.
The Broncos were ahead, 3-0, at the time of the Welker-Talib collision. They won, 26-16.