The Patriots suffered a severe blow in their 30-23 victory over the Falcons Sunday as Vince Wilfork tore his Achilles tendon and will most likely be out for the remainder of the season,
The news was first reported by Shalise Manza Young of the Boston Globe and confirmed by CSNNE.com's Tom E. Curran.
Wilfork was carted off the field during the first quarter of New England's 30-23 win over Atlanta on Sunday night. He was later announced as "questionable" to return with an ankle injury.
The Patriots are thin on the defensive line with Tommy Kelly, Joe Vellano and Chris Jones as the team's only listed defensive tackles. (Defensive end Chandler Jones often went inside to play at the tackle spot on Sunday night, with rookie Michael Buchanan filling in at end.)
Rookie defensive tackle Armond Armstead is on the reserve/non-football injury list after undergoing surgery for an infection during the offseason. He is eligible to begin practicing after New England's Week 6 game against the Saints.
Mike Giardi, Tom E. Curran and Phil Perry discuss Jamie Collins' absence, and Julian Edelman and Danny Amendola's recovery from injuries.
Jimmy Garoppolo, who will start the first four weeks, talks to the media today about trying to take advantage of the opportunity.
You might want to change plans if you were hoping to attend Patriots training camp on Friday morning. The team says there's a chance practice will be moved indoors and closed to the public because of potential thunderstorms.
"The forecast for Friday, July 29 is calling for rain, heavy at times, with a chance of thunderstorms," the release said. "While the team plans on practicing as scheduled from 9:15-11:30 a.m. on the training camp practice fields behind Gillette Stadium, we would like to warn any fans planning to attend that thunderstorms could force the team to practice inside their Empower Field House at a moment’s notice."
If there are updates or changes made to the schedule, they'll be posted on Patriots.com/trainingcamp and on the training camp information line at 508-549-0001.