Source: Wilfork (Achilles) likely out for year

New England Patriots defensive tackle Vince Wilfork has a torn right Achilles tendon and almost certainly is out for the season, a league source confirmed Monday morning.

The injury had been reported earlier by The Boston Globe.

Patriots coach Bill Belichick didn’t shed any new light on Wilfork’s injury Monday morning, telling reporters on a conference call that the defensive lineman was undergoing tests but he otherwise did not have information on his injury.

“I really don’t know much right now,” Belichick said, adding that with the late game Sunday and traveling back Monday he hasn’t had a chance to talk to the medical staff.

Belichick did indicate he might have more information later Monday.

“It’ll all come together here at some point during the day,” he said.

Wilfork left Sunday night’s 30-23 win against the Atlanta Falcons in the first quarter with an ankle injury, limping off the field on the Falcons’ first possession. He did not return.

He was later taken to the locker room on the back of a cart.

“He’s a great player, we all know that, and he gives us great leadership,” Belichick said. “He’s a strong contributor on and off the field and in the locker room. … We’ll just have to see how things come together for him. Obviously if he’s not there, everybody will have to pull a little bit more weight on their end.”

Belichick was seen speaking with Wilfork’s wife, Bianca, outside the team’s locker room after the game.

Wilfork, one of the team’s captains, is a perennial Pro Bowler and vital cog to the team’s defense, particularly against the run. He had been added to the team’s injury report this week for the first time as probable with a foot injury.

The Patriots have been thin at defensive tackle since training camp started in late July, in part because Armond Armstead opened on the non-football injury list after undergoing surgery for an infection. Armstead remains on the non-football injury list, leaving the Patriots with Wilfork, fellow veteran Tommy Kelly and rookies Joe Vellano (undrafted) and Chris Jones (sixth-round pick from the Houston Texans claimed on waivers) at defensive tackle.

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