Patriots Pulse: Wilfork Likely Out For Season With Torn Achilles
The Patriots have suffered a huge loss following their Sunday night win over Atlanta as five-time Pro Bowl nose tackle Vince Wilfork has reportedly torn his right Achilles, according to Shalise Manza-Young of the Boston Globe, and is believed to be out for the remainder of the season. League sources have since confirmed the report.
Wilfork left the game in the first quarter and it was originally reported that he had suffered an ankle injury. He was taken off on a cart and was seen leaving the stadium with a boot on his right foot. Bill Belichick was also reportedly seen talking with Wilfork’s wife outside the New England locker room following the game. Leading up to the Week 4 meeting with the Falcons, Wilfork appeared on the Patriots’ injury report with what was listed as a foot injury.
Wilfork has missed only six games in his 10-year NFL career and played in all 16 in each of the last three seasons. The 325-pounder has been a longtime staple in the team’s run defense that is 13th in the league after four weeks this season, allowing 105 yards per game.
Surgery is likely to happen in the next few days and the team is left with young and unproven guys in the middle including Tommy Kelly, Joe Vellano and Chris Jones at an already thin defensive tackle position.
Wilfork had nine tackles in four games this season. He will be 32 next month and presuming he returns in time for the 2014 season, it will be a contract year for him.
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