FOXBORO, Mass. – Vince Wilfork‘s season is officially over.
The Patriots placed the defensive tackle on injured reserve on Thursday afternoon. Wilfork tore his Achilles tendon in Sunday night’s game against Atlanta.
Wilfork has never played less than 13 games in a season. He played all 16 games seven times during his 10-year career.
The All-Pro nose tackle finishes the season with nine tackles. The team signed wide receiver Austin Collie to take Wilfork’s spot on the roster.
Wilfork is a defensive captain. He is expected to stick around the facility to help groom the young defensive linemen on the team. Tommy Kelly, Joe Vellano and Chris Jones will likely rotate at the two defensive tackle spots in Wilfork’s place. The team could also sign Marcus Forston or A.J. Francis to the 53-man roster off the practice squad.