In case you haven't heard, Vince Wilfork will miss the remainder of the 2013 season as he tore his right achilles in Sunday's victory over the Atlanta Falcons.
WIlfork will be dearly missed on the Patriot defense as he has been a main cog since entering the NFL back in 2004. Yesterday, head coach Bill Belichick told WEEI Radio the impact of Wilfork's loss.
Clearly, there are no Vince Wilforks just standing around out there on the corner waiting to sign with the Patriots or some other NFL team, Belichick said. He is a special player, one of the very best at his position. There's no way that you would replace him with one guy — that's totally unrealistic. But we'll try to do what we can to make our team as competitive as possible with the 46 guys we put out there against Cincinnati this Sunday.
As ESPNBoston.com wrote, the Patriots defense has allowed 4.1 yards per carry with WIlfork in the lineup over the past five seasons. That ranks as the ninth-best rushing defense over that time span.
Right now the Patriots only have four other replacements for Wilfork. Tommy Kelly, rookies Joe Vellano and Chris Jones as well as Armond Armstead will be tasked with replacing Wilfork's presence. However, Armstead is still on the non-football injury list leaving just the Patriots with three healthy defensive tackles.
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