FOXBORO -- Vince Wilfork and Albert Haynesworth were supposed to be a dominant force on the Patriots' defensive line. But heading into their Week 10 game against the New York Jets, the Pats are without Haynesworth, who was released on Tuesday and has been claimed by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Wilfork spoke to the media for the first time since Haynesworth's release on Thursday at Gillette Stadium, and said that regardless of how good Haynesworth was supposed to be, it's time to move forward without him.
"These things happen all the time," said Wilfork. "You have to be able to keep the ball rolling and deal with certain situations as they come. We can't be bracing ourselves for what might happen. You just have to be prepared, and when it happens, you have to move forward.
"We're definitely moving forward. The ball's going to continue to roll, no matter how you slice it."
Wilfork was asked again about what went wrong with Haynesworth in New England, and he said, "At this point, my focus is the Jets. That's in the past. The Giants are in the past. The Jets last game is in the past. We're just trying to move forward right now, as a team. That's the best thing that we can do at this point. Move forward and get better as a team, and play better. That's our focus."
Wilfork concluded all Haynesworth talk by proclaiming his faith in the current group of Patriots that is here right now.
"What we have in this locker room is what we have," said Wilfork. "This is what we're gonna ride with, what we're gonna die with. We have something good in that locker room. We all know that."
Jackie Bradley Jr. gets the day off and Christian Vazquez get the start at catcher as the Red Sox look to extend their winning streak to 11 games today against the Tampa Bay Rays in St. Petersburg.
Andrew Benintendi replaces Bradley in center, Chris Young is in left and left-hander Eduardo Rodriguez (3-7, 4.84 ERA) is on the mound as the Red Sox close in on the A.L. East title. Their magic number to clinch the division is three with seven games left.
Right-hander Jake Odorizzi (9-6, 3.73) is on the mound for the Rays.
Dustin Pedroia 2B
Xander Bogaerts SS
David Ortiz DH
Mookie Betts RF
Hanley Ramirez LF
Travis Shaw 3B
Chris Young LF
Andrew Benintendi CF
Christian Vazquez C
Eduardo Rodriguez LHP
Logan Forsythe 2B
Kevin Kiermaier CF
Evan Longoria 3B
Brad Miller SS
Mikey Mahtook RF
Corey Dickerson LF
Curt Casali DH
Luke Maile C
Richie Shaffer 1B
Jake Odorizzi RHP
Bill Belichick has a pair of young quarterbacks dealing with injuries at the moment. Jimmy Garoppolo was inactive for Thursday's win over the Texans due to a Grade 2 AC joint sprain he endured in Week 2 against the Dolphins, and Jacoby Brissett sustained a minor injury to his right thumb in his first pro start last week.
Asked if he was concerned about either player being available for New England's Week 4 contest against the Bills, Belichick didn't provide much in the way of hints one way or another.
"Well, we'll all give our injury report on Wednesday, as we always do, as we're required to do," Belichick said. "Based on where things are at that point, that'll be represented in the report."
If there's concern over both quarterbacks as the team gets closer to its final game without Tom Brady, it may be forced to add a quarterback so as not to subject an emergency option, like receiver Julian Edelman, to extended snaps behind center.