Originally written on NESN.com  |  Last updated 11/4/14

FOXBORO, MA - AUGUST 20: Vince Wilfork #75 of the New England Patriots smiles during warm ups gainst the Cincinnati Bengals during their preseason game at Gillette Stadium on August 20, 2009 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
The Patriots came out of Atlanta with a win, but they may have lost one of their top players on defense. Vince Wilfork tore his Achilles on the first drive of the game, according to Shalise Manza Young of The Boston Globe. Wilfork has never played less than 13 games in a season. If Wilfork is done, he finished the season with nine tackles. The Patriots don’t have an obvious fill in at nose tackle. Joe Vellano and Chris Jones rotated with Tommy Kelly at defensive tackle with Wilfork out. The Patriots have A.J. Francis and Marcus Forston on the practice squad, as well. Wilfork is in his 10th NFL season. He entered the game listed on the injury report with a foot ailment. Have a question for Doug Kyed? Send it to him via Twitter at @DougKyedNESN or send it here. Filed under: Doug Kyed, Headlines, New England Patriots
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