FOXBORO, Mass. — There were concerns that at 32 years old and 325 pounds, Vince Wilfork might never be the same player after tearing his Achilles, but it’s been smooth sailing for the big man so far this offseason.
Wilfork said he has no limitations as the New England Patriots began training camp Thursday. Wilfork tore his right Achilles tendon in Week 4 of the 2013 season.
“If I had limitations, I wouldn’t be practicing,” Wilfork said Thursday at Gillette Stadium after a full training camp session. “My job is to help my teammates the best way I can, whatever that may be. The only way for me to help my teammates is to be on the field and be healthy. Right now, I’m on the field and I’m healthy. If anything happens in the future, I can’t predict that. But right now my job is to help this team the best way I can and get better each day, and that’s what I’m going to do.”
Wilfork said his Achilles feels “fine” right now, but he acknowledged “I’m pretty sure there’s going to still be some stuff that I may need to do.”
“Right now, I just feel good,” Wilfork said. “I don’t know what’s going to happen further down the road, but right now I feel good. I’m happy to be out here with my teammates.”
Wilfork is entering his 11th season with the Patriots. He appears to be moving well so far and looks to be on track to start the season despite what could have been a catastrophic injury last year.
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