Vince Wilfork was carted off in the first quarter with a reported right ankle injury. His return was questionable but I would personally downgrade that to “no flippin’ way” given the expression on Wilfork’s face when he attempted to put weight on it.
The injury occurred on the Falcons first drive and Wilfork simply seemed to plant his foot and begin to push off before coming up lame.
It was reported by NBC during their pregame that Wilfork was dealing with a leg/ankle injury.
The Patriots are tissue thin on the defensive line with Tommy Kelly, Joe Vellano and Chris Jones (sounds like a Boston gang) manning the defensive tackle spots.