New England Patriots star defensive tackle Vince Wilfork went down with a torn Achilles in Sunday’s victory over the Atlanta Falcons, but that severe injury to the beloved big guy was enough to at least partially sour the mood. Wilfork will most likely be out for the rest of the season, meaning that a UDFA like Joe Vellano or Marcus Forston will really need to step up. Even Bill Belichick stated that Wilfork’s injury is serious at yesterday’s press conference, and that’s a definite bad sign.
The good news, though, is that the veteran DT had a successful surgery. Below is a tweet from his wife Bianca.
Thanking God for a successful surgery pic.twitter.com/matpmHlcgH
— bianca wilfork (@mrs75) October 1, 2013
This is undoubtedly great news, as some fans were worried that a bad surgery or a hitch in his recovery could damage the 31-year-old’s career. I’m not too worried about Wilfork’s long-term effects, since he is a tough guy and a star in this league. A big worry for the Patriots has to be replacing him this season, because there is nobody who can replace the leadership, run defense, and football IQ that Vince Wilfork is able to give to this team. Heck, nobody swallows blocks like him either.
Again, it’s great to hear that things are going well for Wilfork, and I wish him the very best in his recovery going forward. Heck, maybe he can make it back at some point this year.