Sep 12, 2013; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots defensive tackle Vince Wilfork (75) during the fourth quarter against the New York Jets at Gillette Stadium. The New England Patriots won 13-10. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports

New England Patriots: Wilfork Tears Achilles, Likely Done For Season


Jul 30, 2013; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots defensive lineman Vince Wilfork warms up during training camp at the practice fields of Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Stew Milne-USA TODAY Sports

Last night, the Patriots escaped the Georgia Dome with a 30-23 win over the Falcons, but it may have come at a very steep price. It was reported late last night by the Boston Globe’s Shalise Manza Young that defensive tackle Vince Wilfork has suffered a torn Achilles, and will likely miss the rest of the 2013 season.

This is horrible news for the Patriots, as Wilfork is not only the heart and soul their defensive unit, but he is one of the best defensive tackles in the game. There is not one single way that the Patriots will able to replace Wilfork, but they will have to find someone to come in and help New England adjust to the absence of the big man. CFL star Armond Armstead could be the guy that absorbs a lot of Wilfork’s snaps, but he is not yet healthy enough to return to the football field. Undrafted free agent Joe Vellano played very well in last night’s win over Atlanta, but once again he is no Wilfork.

Wilfork was such a dominant presence in the run game for New England that a decline in the success of their run defense is inevitable, but it will be the job of the Patriots coaching staff to do as much as possible to compensate for Wilfork’s absence.

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  • Gary Wolff

    This is tragic! With a secondary that was taking shape, and a very strong front 7, anchored by Wilfork, this defense had the potential to be dominant towards the end of the season. With Wilfork out, the entire defensive philosophy needs to change.

    With Ryan Mallet as the backup, it’s possible losing WIlfork is more difficult to overcome than losing Brady.

    The depth at the DT position is not there to begin with. Basically, there were 4 DT’s on the team, two of them UDA rookies – Vellano and Johnson… Looks like Chandler Jones will have to make a permanent move to DT and Buchannan will get a lot more playing time, assuming he can stop the run some what

    Armstead, if ever healthy, coming of PUP could be a boost, but the team definitley needs to go get a quality DT from somewhere…

    It will be very interesting to see where the Patriots find quality at this position to salvage the season.

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