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Welker: Saints bounty program crossed a line

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Welker: Saints bounty program crossed a line

New England Patriots wide receiver Wes Welker joined Dallas Cowboys linebacker DeMarcus Ware and Green Bay Packers linebacker Clay Matthews on NFL Network's 'NFL Total Access' Wednesday night to discuss the New Orleans Saints bounty scandal.

The trio, collectively, was surprised that a coach told players how and where to hurt specific opposing players and said that they hadn't encountered similar situations.

"This is definitely is something that hadnt been practiced," said Welker. "I dont think Ive ever heard of something like this. Ive heard of the interceptions, a tackle inside of the 20 on kickoffs, different things like that. But Ive never heard about trying to take guys ACLs out or concussions, or anything like that. Thats definitely something that Ive never really heard of.

Hit them hard, hit them right in the face, different things like that OK, I understand thatbeing physical, wanting to play physical," he said of Gregg Williams' speech prior to the San Francisco 49ers playoff game. "But specific injuries and going after their head because they had a previous concussion or going after an ACL or anything like that, there is definitely a line that was definitely crossed.

"It was definitely shocking," Welker continued. "I would never wish an ACL injury on my worst enemy, just going through that and everything that you have to go through. Its painful and its not something that literally I wish on my worst enemy.

Agent says Gordon Hayward is unlikely to return this season

Agent says Gordon Hayward is unlikely to return this season

Gordon Hayward had surgery on his left ankle Wednesday night.

While there was hope he could return, Hayward's agent told Adrian Wojnarowski that the Celtics forward is unlikely to play for the remainder of the season.

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Hayward suffered a dislocated ankle and fractured tibia in the first quarter of Boston’s 102-99 loss at Cleveland on Tuesday.

The 6-foot-8 All-Star landed awkwardly on his ankle after a lob pass by Kyrie Irving was deflected by LeBron James.

“We’re expecting this to be a full recovery,” Celtics head coach Brad Stevens said Wednesday, “No timeline on it but a full recovery.”

NBC SPORTS BOSTON SCHEDULE

BOSTON SPORTS TONIGHT PODCAST: Celtics drop back-to-back games

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BOSTON SPORTS TONIGHT PODCAST: Celtics drop back-to-back games

0:41 - Michael Holley, Tom Giles, and Kayce Smith give their thoughts on Kyrie Irving’s struggles, not having Gordon Hayward, and the Celtics losing for the 2nd time in as many nights.

6:31 - A. Sherrod Blakely joins BST to discuss the message delivered by Hayward to the fans before the game, what was going on with Kyrie’s shot, and why they failed in stopping The Greek Freak.

10:33 - Albert Breer joins BST to preview the Falcons/Patriots Sunday night game and if Atlanta is in the middle of a Super Bowl hangover.

15:40 - In a new game called On The Clock, each person gets 40 seconds to rant on their selected subject including if Red Sox fans can root for the Yankees if the playoffs and how painful the Bruins season will be. 

NBC SPORTS BOSTON SCHEDULE