Report: Vince Wilfork Should Be Able to Play on Sunday

Report: Vince Wilfork Should Be Able to Play on Sunday The Patriots will be without Wes Welker when they face Baltimore in the first round of the playoffs on Sunday, but the good news is that nose tackle Vince Wilfork appears to be ready for action.

According to, three weeks off to nurse his injured foot is all Wilfork needed to get himself back in shape for the playoffs.

"Athletes always want to play, no matter what it is," Wilfork told the Web site. "But there's being smart and there's being stupid, and that's the one thing I didn't want to be: stupid. [I] got with the trainers and the coaches, and we made those decisions. We made the decision on what was best for the team. Sometimes I don't like those decisions. I'd love to play. But you have to be smart about some things and that was one of them."

Wilfork is not a sure thing for the playoffs, but he told that he will "do everything in [his] willpower to be out there Sunday."

The nose tackle has played in 12 games this season registering 31 tackles, two pass deflections and one forced fumble. The last time the Patriots faced the Ravens in October, their defensive line with Wilfork allowed 116 yards on 17 carries, so imagining what that line would yield without it's biggest stopper is not something Patriots fans want to do.

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