Bet they felt pretty awful after they found out why Wilfork went down.
The 31 year old New England Patriots' defensive tackle was carted from the sidelines to the locker room during his teams' win and Monday coach Bill Belichick confirmed that the injury is a torn Achilles tendon. Wilfork is likely done for the season. News of the injury was first reported by The Boston Globe.
Wilfork's wife, Bianca, tweeted a picture of Wilfork Tuesday afternoon that showed her husband in a hospital chair, giving a thumbs up with his right foot in a cast.
"Thank God for a successful surgery," she tweeted.
The team didn't have to share that Wilfork was headed to the season-ending injured reserve list- Wilfork did that himself.
"One thing I know is I signed up to play football [and] I don't regret anything that has happened and there is no need to feel sorry about it. I've been blessed to only have one surgery prior to today and that was in high school.... I have so much confidence in our team and know that they will do great and I will be right besides them, maybe not in uniform but in other ways," the nose tackle posted to his Twitter account.
Wilfork is a five-time Pro-Bowler and for the past ten seasons, he has been a centerpiece on New England's defensive line. He has rarely missed playing time since being drafted by the Patriots in 2004, playing all 16 games in 2010, '11, and '12. He has missed just six games in his entire career.
"He's irreplaceable," said quarterback Tom Brady. "We'll have to find a way collectively as a team to fill the void. It's an unfortunate injury. Injuries are a part of the game, but the season-ending ones are always tough to swallow."
Undrafted rookie Joe Vellano filled in for Wilfork on Sunday night, recording three tackles plus one sack of Matt Ryan. The team may also look outside the organization for a tackle, especially Richard Seymour, who played for the team from 2001-08. Seymour played eight games for the Oakland Raiders last season, his fourth with the team.
References: Sports Illustrated and Boston Globe.
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