New England Patriots suffered a significant injury blow on Sunday after it emerged defensive tackle Vince Wilfork is set to miss the rest of the season after sustaining a torn Achilles tendon.
Wilfork was stretchered off during the first period of the Patriots' win over the Atlanta Falcons at the Georgia Dome, before the severity of the injury was later leaked on Twitter.
The Patriots have yet to officially confirm these reports, but numerous sources have claimed that the Achilles damage suffered ensure Wilfork will not return for the team in 2013.
Tommy Kelly, Joe Vellano and Chris Jones are now tasked with compensating for the absence of Wilfork, who is judged by many to be the most integral part of the Patriots defence.
The Patriots, though, were able to secure victory after Wilfork left the field against the Falcons, with a 30-23 win meaning they continue a 100 percent start to the new NFL campaign.
Tom Brady threw 316 yards and two touchdowns - his best performance so far this season - and a record of 4-0 represents the first time the Patriots have managed this since 2007.