The New England Patriots had their star nose tackle back on the practice field Tuesday for the first time in eight months.
Vince Wilfork was limited in practice during the Patriots’ first session of organized team activities, according to a source. Wilfork tore his Achilles tendon during the Patriots’ Week 4 win over the Atlanta Falcons last season.
Wilfork restructured his contract this offseason, agreeing to a three-year, $23 million extension heavy on per-game bonuses and snap-based incentives.
Wilfork had nine tackles in four games for the Patriots in 2013. He appeared to be slowed by a foot injury during training camp last year and missed two preseason games.
It’s a good sign that the 6-foot-2, 325-pounder already is back on the field. There were doubts that Wilfork, 32, would be able to make a full recovery at his age and size.
Cornerback Kyle Arrington also practiced Tuesday after undergoing offseason groin surgery, a source told the Boston Herald’s Jeff Howe.