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Patriots cut Zach Sudfeld, put Vince Wilfork on injured reserve

James Develin, Zach Sudfeld AP

As was expected, the Patriots announced that defensive tackle Vince Wilfork’s season has come to an end. As was not expected, the Patriots also announced that tight end Zach Sudfeld has been released.

The 6-foot-7, 260-pound Sudfeld made the 53-man roster as an undrafted free agent out of Nevada, and reports out of New England suggested that the team liked Sudfeld’s athletic makeup and his work on special teams. But apparently with the signing of Austin Collie and the expected returns of Rob Gronkowski and Danny Amendola from injuries, Sudfeld was viewed as expendable.

If Sudfeld clears waivers, he would seem to be a strong candidate to return to New England on the practice squad.

Wilfork’s season came to an end on Sunday night, when he suffered a torn Achilles tendon. The move to injured reserve makes it official that we won’t see Wilfork on the field until 2014.

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25 Responses to “Patriots cut Zach Sudfeld, put Vince Wilfork on injured reserve”
  1. shaggeez says: Oct 3, 2013 4:45 PM

    Guess he won’t be fumbling away any more onside kicks now.

  2. bucrightoff says: Oct 3, 2013 4:47 PM

    Bucs have got to get this guy in if only to take a look. Right now they have a 220 pound guy playing TE.

  3. nathanielflor says: Oct 3, 2013 4:49 PM

    Seriously hope we can get this guy back on our practice squad. Everyone raved about him in the pre season and it looks like he just needs a little bit more development before he’s ready to be a threat. Definitely a guy to look out for in the coming years in this league

  4. azarkhan says: Oct 3, 2013 4:49 PM

    Zach Sudfeld, the preseason sensation, gone after 4 games. Yet another indication of how little preseason games mean when compared to the real deal.

    As for Vince Wilfork, I hope he recovers and plays next year, but it’s going to be extremely difficult for a 31 year old 325 pound man to fully recover from a torn Achilles.

  5. dalcow4 says: Oct 3, 2013 4:50 PM

    Austin Collie, Rob Grnokowski, and Danny Amendola…? What– Sam Bowie wasn’t available?

  6. onebucplace says: Oct 3, 2013 4:50 PM

    Why did they release him? Schiano would have traded Vincent Jackson, Mark Barron and Darrelle Revis for him an a 5th round draft choice. We need a TE.

  7. scalfor3 says: Oct 3, 2013 4:52 PM

    Pats better resign Sudfeld to the practice squad. Kid’s got way too much potential to give up on after four games. Give him a year in the weight room and a summer working with Brady and see what happens.

  8. sactogary says: Oct 3, 2013 4:53 PM

    They needed the extra roster spot so they could re-sign Tebow.

  9. keepongronking says: Oct 3, 2013 5:01 PM

    I highly doubt that they would release him if Gronkowski wasnt ready to play against cincy. Hopefully this means that Gronkowski will play on sunday and Sudfeld can continue to develop and refine his game on our practice Squad. Kids got a future.

  10. ampats says: Oct 3, 2013 5:03 PM

    Sudfeld has a bad hammy. I doubt any team will sign him while injured. Amendola will be back but all is quiet on the Gronk front.

  11. silasbarnaby says: Oct 3, 2013 5:11 PM

    Gronk must be coming back!

  12. avcanuck says: Oct 3, 2013 5:18 PM

    He won’t make it back to the Pats PS. Seahawks will pounce on him if noone else does.

  13. supermadelf says: Oct 3, 2013 5:19 PM

    Lombardi’s ears just perked up…

  14. steviefoosball says: Oct 3, 2013 5:23 PM

    There are a lot of guys who look terrific in preseason but never amount to anything when the time comes. Happens every year on every team.

    He went pretty high in both of our dynasty leagues. Preseason wonders can burn you, for sure.

  15. zimaman says: Oct 3, 2013 5:28 PM

    I really felt big Vince wasn’t playing up too his capabilities this year

    maybe he was gimped up a little and he tried to play through it and then suffered the major injury. It would be just like him to keep his mouth shut and give it a go. The man is class act and a trooper all the way.

  16. abqpacker says: Oct 3, 2013 5:28 PM

    I’m a little surprised they didn’t just place him on IR.

  17. sal11 says: Oct 3, 2013 5:29 PM

    I’m fully expecting the Giants to get their revenge for “Jake Ballardgate” and claim him off waivers.

  18. harrisonhits2 says: Oct 3, 2013 5:43 PM

    He’ll come back to the practice squad if not claimed by another team on waivers.

    He has a lot of upside but clearly needs more experience and seasoning before he’s ready to be tossed into the fire like he was.

  19. steviefoosball says: Oct 3, 2013 5:58 PM

    If Sudfeld couldn’t produce even a little bit when there was a crying need at TE each of the first four games, and guys like Michael Hoomanawanui were getting all the playing time, well, move along. Nothing to see here.

  20. idonthavethebloodyoucrave says: Oct 3, 2013 6:24 PM

    Patriots took Ballard.
    Giants take Sudfield.

    Reese, make it happen.

  21. tothefellowshipofthemiserable says: Oct 3, 2013 6:32 PM

    Patriots must of thought Ballard’s knee is no good.

  22. afcdomination says: Oct 3, 2013 7:18 PM

    he pulled a hank baskett, and now is getting released as such

  23. patriotenvy says: Oct 3, 2013 7:35 PM

    Matthew Mulligan had that touchdown catch, but I think that is only his third ever. I don’t know if Mulligan is good at blocking, but you could see how big he is when they close uped on that catch. He’s huge!

  24. tothefellowshipofthemiserable says: Oct 3, 2013 7:39 PM

    I never heard of Mulligan until his TD! Where do they find these guys?

  25. jacobk621 says: Oct 3, 2013 9:22 PM

    The ravens are in need of a tight-end immediately .

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