Verner glanced a few feet away at strong safety Bernard Pollard, who suffered through an eventful afternoon.
earned two personal fouls and stumbled into a confrontation with a Denver trainer and several Broncos.
As Welker reclined on the field, victim of yet another concussion, Pollard
kneeled beside him and prayed.
packs a well-worn, light-brown leather Bible in the black suitcase he
carries to games.
But God is not the only higher power on Pollard's mind.
After the game, he
talked with emotion about the NFL's restrictions.
"When you see certain things happen in a game . the higher power wants to play like that," Pollard said.
The higher power?
What exactly are you talking about, Bernard?
"I mean, it's just out of our hands, out of our control," he
"That's how they want it, the higher power.
That's what we call it, the higher power."
was talking about a league seeking to remove violence from a sport primarily about violence.
came close to breaking Eric Decker into multiple pieces, there was no doubt the hit would have inspired criminal charges in the real world.