Posted September 30, 2013

Vince Wilfork’s season likely over after Achilles tear

AFC East, New England Patriots
Vince Wilfork has missed just six games in his 10-year career.

Vince Wilfork has missed just six games in his 10-year career. (Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

Atlanta fans booed Vince Wilfork when he fell with an injury on Sunday night, thinking perhaps the Patriots’ trustworthy defensive tackle was acting to slow the Falcons’ offense. The Patriots would have preferred such deviousness to what actually occurred.

Wilfork had to be carted from the Patriots’ sideline to the locker room during his team’s win. On Monday, Bill Belichick confirmed that the injury was a torn right Achilles and that Wilfork is likely to miss the rest of the season. News of the injury was first reported by The Boston Globe.

A Pro Bowler five times over and for each of the past four seasons, Wilfork has been a centerpiece on New England’s defensive line for a decade. He has rarely missed action since being drafted by the Pats in 2004, either — Wilfork played all 16 games in 2010, ’11 and ’12, and has missed a grand total of six games in his career. He’ll likely add another 12 to that total this season.

Undrafted rookie Joe Vellano filled in for Wilfork Sunday night, following the latter’s first-quarter injury. Vellano recorded three tackles plus one sack of Matt Ryan in Wilfork’s absence. He or another rookie, Bowling Green’s Chris Jones, may battle to take Wilfork’s snaps from here out.

New England also may look outside the organization for help, with 33-year-old Richard Seymour, a Patriot from 2001-08, one of the players available on the free-agent market. Seymour played eight games for the Raiders last season, his fourth with Oakland. He is just two years removed from his seventh Pro Bowl bid, though he clearly is in the final stages of his career — if he’s not ready to call it quits already.

The Patriots also hope to get Armond Armstead into the rotation at some point. Armstead had a heart attack while at USC in 2011, then played in the CFL before signing with New England. He’s currently on the Non-Football Injury/Illness List.

44 comments
Jean
Jean

Wilfork is a nice guy, sorry to see it happen.

mjhellund
mjhellund

Guy was never anything but a secons=rate version of Richard Seymour in the first place. And why in the world would fans suspect the Pats of cheating? It's not like Belechik has a history of it or anything.

BrianToddCypert
BrianToddCypert

Well looks like we have another bunch of Eagles fans too drunk to remember the last time THEY won a Superbowl!!!  Nothing good comes out of that kind of hate...but hey, Falcon-Fails, i will laugh when you choke...(as Forrest Gump would say...) "Uh..Gin..".....

jbc123
jbc123

Anyone who is in any way happy or celebrates when a pro football player is injured, doesn't have the right to call themselves a fan. It's the most dangerous game in the world, and injuries have to be accepted, not celebrated. Would you losers be happy if  Payton got hurt? I can't see Seymour coming back to NE, that was a rather bitter divorce. Jealousy is one of the Seven Deadly Sins, for all you Pats haters.

ElvisHitler
ElvisHitler

Sweet, this really weakens their D. And also not surprising to see Pats fans acting classless in here as usual.

PaulKelly
PaulKelly

They intend to replace him with a guy who had a heart attack???? Scrapping the bottom of the Nose Tackle barrel I suppose? Good Luck anyway and get well Vince. 

joseph.j.normandin
joseph.j.normandin

x72, your troll game is weak bro, just makes me happier to be a Pats fan than to root for whatever garbage team you root for.  Keep trying troll, because you're failing BAHAHA !

joseph.j.normandin
joseph.j.normandin

All the Pats haters are hilarious. So convinced the Pats won via cheating. BAHAHA, poor little babies! Pats are the class of the NFL, have been for 12 years, will be for several more to come.

salvaje50
salvaje50

Are people really happy to see a guy get injured?  He's not Hernandez, he didn't kill anybody

ITATTRACTS
ITATTRACTS

Sad to see it happen to one of the nicer guys in the league. Pats are still managing to win despite some serious roadblocks. Hope Wilfork can make a come back. 

JosephVignolo
JosephVignolo

Belichick is an expert at getting new, inexperienced and cast-off players to fill holes. As soon as Wilfork can stand up, Belichick will probably have Vince busy working at coaching the younger guys.

Richard--Ramirez
Richard--Ramirez

Career ova! No way this fat basturd's coming back from an achilles tear.

JohnStevens
JohnStevens

Hate-filled fans rejoice at the misfortune of their opponents.  They are loathsome people with no class who have no true appreciation for a result that comes from fair competition and excellent performance.  They are like the golfers who would rather shoot 100 and win than 72 and lose. 

Beetagger
Beetagger

@x72  why would you label this great news if only to rejoice that the team you root for now has a chance to better their record due to this injury? Wilfork plays the game hard and true. He has nothing to do with the bread-and-butter issues all Patriot-haters have. You might as well root for all the other pro-bowlers to get injured rather than root for your team to be able to prove themselves against the best another team has to offer. 

x72
x72

Great news

randomdeletion
randomdeletion

@jbc123 He got hurt because his ankle got tired of his fat*ss trying to think he is an athlete.  No one touched him.  Nothing happened.  But body parts can only carry that amount of lard around so long before they give out.  

riley8
riley8

@joseph.j.normandin Losers hate winners.  Always have always will.  When you win the losers come out in force.  Misery loves company.  

JoeCabot
JoeCabot

@UBERTAXTHERICH But they are undefeated garbage and that seems to really have your shorts tied in knots.

Richard--Ramirez
Richard--Ramirez

@ITATTRACTS Well if he wasn't such a fat pos the injury wouldn't have been so bad. Smarten up you loser and watch more football, clearly you are slow on the uptake.

x72
x72

@ITATTRACTS lol acting like you know him on a personal level, all patsies and their fans are scum. Solid injury, too bad it wasn't brady.

E636L30
E636L30

@JohnStevens I don't think anyone is really rejoicing over a player getting hurt but then again there are some idiot sports fans!

x72
x72

@JohnStevens Nah just hate the patriots organization, any bad news for them is good news for us.

ITATTRACTS
ITATTRACTS

@x72 One of the nicest guys in the league. Go kill yourself. 

cooldude22
cooldude22

@randomdeletion @jbc123 Pure muscle weighs a lot more than fat. Awkward foot placement is a very common way of getting injured for that type of player. NFL linemen are in better shape than you'll ever be, dingus.

Charles58
Charles58

@x72 @ITATTRACTSYou and the night stalker are both a couple of pathetic losers. Here's some advice: start showering regularly, move out of your parents' basements, clear up that skin problem, and go develop a life.

Charles58
Charles58

@x72 @JohnStevens Whichever team "us" is must have a lot of frustrated fans who see nothing but the Patriots @sses receding in the distance. You are a hateful troll

x72
x72

@ITATTRACTS @x72 lol sure will, right after i pork ur mother, gimme the address lady.

x72
x72

@Charles58 @x72 @JohnStevens Pass some my way

x72
x72

@Charles58 @x72 @JohnStevens 0 titles since spygate. 

fabio.fantone
fabio.fantone

@x72 @ITATTRACTS Wow, you have finally shown all of us your level of intelligence, which I will point out in case anyone didn't notice is rather feeble.