Patriots fans react to Wilfork injury
FOXBORO, Mass. (WHDH) -- Vince Wilfork's truck was still sitting in the Gillette Stadium parking lot. With the injury to his right foot, he won’t be doing any driving. Patriots fans are horrified that their defensive star is now down and out.
Just minutes into the Patriots - Falcons game on Sunday, Patriots defensive lineman Vince Wilfork went down with an ankle injury causing a collective gasp among fans throughout New England.
“There was a general moan,” said a fan of the reaction to the injury.
“We just went nuts, then we saw get carted off. We were flipping out, everybody was, it was crazy,” said one fan.
As the five time pro-bowler was driven off the field, it was clear this was no ordinary injury. League sources said Wilfork has an injured Achilles heel and will be out for the rest of the year.
“I think it's really going to hurt them against the run obviously. They did a great job last night, but they have to pick up somebody else,” said Patriots fan Buddy White.
Wilfork, who has started the last 55 games, has been the heart of the Patriots offense. Fans shudder at the thought of the Patriots without big Vince plugging up the middle.
"Someone's going to have to step up and fill in the middle. I mean he was a wall. You could count on him every game. He disrupted the offense,” said Brian Gagnon, a Patriots fan.
“I’m heartbroken. I think he is the real heart and soul of the team. I am just hoping he will always show up to be a cheerleader because I think they need him,” said Patriots fan Anna Byron.
When Wilfork first went down there was some suggestion he might have been faking the injury for a time out. Patriots fans 7News spoke to found that insulting, especially when referring to a player like Wilfork.
“Anybody that knows the pats and knows vince they know he will not do that. He is too good of a guy for that,” said Patriots fan Brian Gagnon.
7News was told that Vince Wilfork had been struggling with an ankle problem for the last several games. Sunday night, if finally just gave out.
Patriots players and coaches know what they’ve lost, but the show goes on.
“I don't have a lot of new information on that. We'll just have to see how things turn out here. He is an outstanding player of we all know. Obviously if he is not there, everybody will have to pull more weight on their end,” said Coach Belichick.