BOSTON — Patriots wide receiver Wes Welker says he regrets comments he made referring to foot-fetish reports involving Jets coach Rex Ryan.
"Yeah, sure I do," he told the Boston Herald, according to a report on the newspaper's website Tuesday.
At a news conference Jan. 13, three days before the Jets beat the Patriots 28-21 in a division playoff game, Welker made about a dozen references to toes and feet, a not-so-subtle dig at Ryan. Patriots coach Bill Belichick benched Welker for the first offensive series of that game.
In the week before the game, Jets cornerback Antonio Cromartie used an expletive in referring to Patriots quarterback Tom Brady.
Welker told the Herald that it's sometimes tough to keep from responding to opponents' remarks.
"It's not always easy to keep a lid on it," he said, "but, at the same time, there's a greater goal, and that's winning the game and playing good football. That's what matters."
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