FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Vince Wilfork was pursuing a play when he planted his right foot, dropped to the ground and probably ended his season. "It doesnt look too good for Vince," New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick said Monday on WEEI radio. "I think hes got a pretty serious injury and its probably unlikely that hell be able to play again this year." The Boston Globe reported that the star defensive tackle tore his right Achilles tendon in Sundays 30-23 win over the Atlanta Falcons. Belichick did not specify the injury. Wilforks agent, Kennard McGuire, did not respond to requests for comment. At his news conference earlier Monday, Belichick said he didnt know much about Wilforks injury or whether he would miss most or all of the remaining games. He said he hadnt met yet with medical personnel. But as the injuries to key Patriots players pile up -- Wilfork is a five-time Pro Bowl selection -- so do the victories. Theyre 4-0 despite missing one of the NFLs best tight ends, Rob Gronkowski, for all those games, as he recovers from forearm and back surgery, and their top wide receiver, Danny Amendola, for the last three with a groin injury. "We always talk about next man up. We have a lot of talented guys on our team," linebacker Jerod Mayo said. "Guys really stepped up and played well for us. We ended up getting the victory." When Wilfork left, undrafted rookie Joe Vellano stepped in and got a sack. And Chris Jones, cut by Houston and Tampa Bay after the Texans drafted him in the sixth round this year, saw his first action with the Patriots. So theyre thin at defensive tackle behind the other starter, Tommy Kelly. "He has good instincts, kind of has a nose for the ball and a good feel for whats going on," Belichick said of Vellano. "Hes still got a long way to go but definitely making progress." Jones, he said, is "just overall getting familiar with what we do, our calls, his assignments, block reactions. All those kind of things have gotten better over the last couple weeks." But no one plays quite like Wilfork, a defensive captain Belichick calls "a great leader." His 325-pound frame demands double teams, opening up space for teammates to make tackles. And hes been very healthy, until now. Sundays game was the 166th of his career, including the post-season. Hes played in 160 and started 148. "Obviously, Vince has been a staple for a long time," said Mayo, another defensive captain. "He rarely goes out with injuries so it was very shocking and surprising to see my friend go down like that." Wilfork was hurt on the 10th play of the Falcons opening series. He was blocked lightly by left guard Justin Blalock, who then ran to his left to block on a pass to Julio Jones. Wilfork changed direction to run toward the action when his right leg gave way. The Patriots said he had an ankle injury, and he didnt return. On the sideline, Tom Brady talked with Wilfork, then patted him on the shoulder. A short time later, Wilfork was sitting on the back of a cart, his right leg bare below the knee, with Dr. Thomas Gill, the team physician, by his side as they headed off the field. Wilforks absence lightens the load for opposing offensive linemen. "Hes not only strong and powerful, but he is also quick for a man his size, and hes a smart player," Patriots left guard Logan Mankins said. "He takes on double teams so well. He just engulfs linemen. In pass protection, he just pushes the pocket. He is always collapsing inside, and that helps the edge rush. So, he just does so many things for us, and does it so good." Now Belichick must get along without that massive force in the middle. "Clearly, there are no Vince Wilforks just standing around out there on the corner waiting to sign with the Patriots or some other NFL team," he said on WEEI. "He is a special player, one of the very best at his position." cheap nfl jerseys
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. Their finish was pretty good too. The Kings peppered goalie Roberto Luongo early in the first period and scored a couple of shootout goals to earn a 3-2 win over the Vancouver Canucks. After shutting down Stephen Strasburg for the season, the Washington Nationals fell from top spot in the TSN.ca MLB Power Rankings for a couple of weeks, but theyve returned to the number one ranking in the seasons final edition. While the Nationals pitching cant conceivably be as good as it would be with Strasburg, they have a competent group of starters (Gio Gonzalez, Jordan Zimmermann, Edwin Jackson, Ross Detwiler) and an improving offence. Adam LaRoche and Bryce Harper finished the season on a tear, helping to lift the Nationals back to the top of the grid. Washington holds a slight advantage over Atlanta, whose value has soared thanks to impressive second-half pitching performances from Kris Medlen and Mike Minor. Oakland, expecting to get ace lefty Brett Anderson back in the rotation for the playoffs and coming off a furious finish to win the AL West, move up to third in the rankings. Sitting in top spot in late September, the Cincinnati Reds have slipped to fourth, as they wait for first baseman Joey Votto to snap a 40-game homerless drought. Texas late-season slide, which cost them the division title, knocked them down from third to fifth. The New York Yankees, perhaps with a greater sense of urgency than in previous seasons due to the age of so many crucial contributors, are ranked sixth. Beyond that, the San Francisco Giants, Tampa Bay Rays, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim and Detroit Tigers round out the Top 10. The Toronto Blue Jays endured a disappointing season once again, and finished 24th in the rankings. My picks for MVP, CY Young and Rookie of the Year: AL MVP Mike Trout, CF, L.A. Angels of Anaheim (30 HR, 83 RBI, 49 SB, .326 AVG, .963 OPS) Runners Up: Miguel Cabrera, 3B, Detroit (44 HR, 139 RBI, .330 AVG, .999 OPS) Robinson Cano, 2B, N.Y. Yankees (33 HR, 94 RBI, .313 AVG, .929 OPS) I understand the historical context of Cabreras Triple Crown and congratulate him for it, but have little doubt that Trout was more valuable. Never mind that the Tigers made the playoffs, Trouts Angels won more games in a more difficult division and there are no fancy stats needed to justify that, especially once base-running and defence are considered, Trout has been the most complete player in the American League. NL MVP Ryan Braun, LF, Milwaukee (41 HR, 112 RBI, 30 SB, .319 AVG, .987 OPS) Runners-Up: Andrew McCutchen, CF, Pittsburgh (31 HR, 96 RBI, 20 SB, .327 AVG, .953 OPS) Buster Posey, C, San Francisco (24 HR, 103 RBI, .336 AVG, .957 OPS) Based on the numbers alone, Braun is right in the same neighbourhood as he was during last years MVP season, but his positive test (which was ultimately overturned) may present a conflict for voters, who have shown a reluctance to reward those who use performance-enhancing drugs.dddddddddddd If Braun does get bumped, both McCutchen and Posey are also viable candidates, with Posey likely a more popular choice because of team success, but McCutchen was sensational for a Pirates team that was in contention for a good portion of the season. AL CY YOUNG Justin Verlander, Detroit (17-8, 2.64 ERA, 1.06 WHIP, 239 K, 238 1/3 IP) Runners Up: David Price, Tampa Bay (20-5, 2.56 ERA, 1.10 WHIP, 205 K, 211 IP) Felix Hernandez, Seattle (13-9, 3.06 ERA, 1.14 WHIP, 223 K, 209 IP) A very close race between Verlander and Price, close enough that Verlander making an extra couple starts and pitching 33 more innings is enough to give him the nod for his second straight Cy. NL CY YOUNG Clayton Kershaw, Los Angeles (14-9, 2.53 ERA, 1.02 WHIP, 229 K, 227 2/3 IP) Runners-Up: R.A. Dickey, N.Y. Mets (20-6, 2.73, 1.05 WHIP, 230 K, 233 2/3 IP) Gio Gonzalez, Washington (21-8, 2.89 ERA, 1.13 WHIP, 207 K, 199 1/3 IP) The more popular sentiment might be to give the award to Dickey, and I wont argue strenuously against the 37-year-old knuckleballer, because hes had a tremendous season, but Kershaw has been slightly more dominant. AL ROOKIE OF THE YEARMike Trout, CF, L.A. Angels of Anaheim (30 HR, 83 RBI, 49 SB, .326 AVG, .963 OPS) Runners Up: Yoenis Cespedes, CF, Oakland (23 HR, 82 RBI, .292 AVG, .861 OPS) Jarrod Parker, RHP, Oakland (13-8, 3.47 ERA, 1.26 WHIP, 140 K, 181 1/3IP) Both Cespedes and Parker have been impressive and crucial components as part of Oaklands division-winning effort, but if Trout is getting my pick for MVP, he is miles ahead of the field when it comes to Rookie of the Year. NL ROOKIE OF THE YEAR Bryce Harper, RF, Washington (22 HR, 59 RBI, 18 SB, .270 AVG, .817 OPS) Runners-Up: Todd Frazier, 3B/1B, Cincinnati (19 HR, 67 RBI, .273 AVG, .829 OPS) Norichika Aoki, RF, Milwaukee (10 HR, 50 RBI, 30 SB, .288 AVG, .787 OPS) After the three-quarter point in the season, Harper wasnt even in the top three, so I made the assertion that he wasnt likely to win the award unless he finished with a flourish. A 1.049 OPS in September is a serious flourish and enough to emerge at the top of a wide open field in the National League. 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