Wilfork suffers torn Achilles tendon

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Wilfork suffers torn Achilles tendon

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.

NFL owners release statements on Trump comments

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NFL owners release statements on Trump comments

President Donald Trump's comments about NFL players and his tweeted dis-invite of the Warriors led to some prominent athletes to speak out. Now NFL franchises and their owners are weighing in.

At a rally in Alabama on Friday night, Trump said NFL owners should fire players who kneel during the national anthem. And he encouraged NFL fans to walk out of games in protest. 

“Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, you’d say, ’Get that son of a bitch off the field right now. Out! He’s fired,” Trump told the rally. 

He also lamented that football has become less violent.

“They’re ruining the game,” he complained.