The bad news: All-world nose tackle Vince Wilfork is done for the season with a torn Achilles tendon.
Wilfork is arguably the Patriots' most important defensive player, and he has been an outstanding run-stuffer for the Patriots for years. He routinely clogged the middle for the New England defense, and required double teams from the opposing offensive line.
Without Wilfork, the Patriots will be relying heavily on Tommy Kelly to fill the void. Hopefully he can provide them with quality play while Wilfork is gone.
One of the most telling stats regarding how badly Wilfork will be missed was in the ESPN article about his injury:
Yup. He'll definitely be missed by the Patriots.