Patriots cut Zach Sudfeld, put Vince Wilfork on injured reserve

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.