How do you know when you’ve been hit harder than usual in an NFL game? Try when you’re separated from the decal on your helmet.
De-cleated is one thing. Decal-pitated, which is getting internal support at NFL.com as the official term for what happened to Wes Welker on Sunday, is another.
Take a close look at the hit laid on Welker by the Jets’ Eric Smith. The debris flying through the air is actually part of the decal from Welker’s helmet.
We’ve heard of facemasks breaking in NFL games — former Patriots LB Ted Johnson is the first to come to mind — but getting decal-pitated might be new.