New England Patriots star Aqib Talib has no structural damage to the knee that was hit by Wes Welker during Sunday's AFC title game against the Denver Broncos, reports NFL.com.
The 27-year-old cornerback was the victim of what head coach Bill Belichick described as "one of the worst plays" he's ever seen, accusing Welker of a deliberate hit at the weekend.
However, it appears that Talib has escaped serious injury, which is the best possible news that the All-American could have hoped for, particularly seeing as he will become a free agent in March, once he leaves the Gillette Stadium, and begins his search for a new franchise.
There has been some speculation suggesting that the Patriots are keen to re-sign the injury-plagued star, whose availability in 2013 has also been affected by an ongoing hip problem.
But, despite that, Talib still remains by far Belichick's best cornerback option, and so a faster return to fitness could prove decisive in whether or not he still has a future in Foxborough, Massachusetts.