Patriots' Vince Wilfork likely out for season

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Vince Wilfork was pursuing a play when he planted his right foot, dropped to the ground and probably ended his season.

“It doesn’t look too good for Vince,” New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick said Monday on WEEI radio. “I think he’s got a pretty serious injury and it’s probably unlikely that he’ll be able to play again this year.”

The Boston Globe reported that the star defensive tackle tore his right Achilles tendon in Sunday’s 30-23 win over the Atlanta Falcons. Belichick did not specify the injury.

TITANS: Quarterback Jake Locker is out with a hip injury, and coach Mike Munchak doesn’t know for how long.

One thing is certain. It couldn’t have come at a worse time for the Titans or Locker.

The coach said Monday that Locker will have another MRI exam Tuesday to diagnose the extent of the injury he suffered Sunday against the New York Jets. The test will give the Titans a better idea of when he can return.

CHARGERS: Outside linebacker Dwight Freeney has a torn quadriceps muscle that could sideline him for several weeks or even the rest of the season.

Coach Mike McCoy and general manager Tom Telesco both said Monday that the team doesn’t know the severity of the injury or the time frame for recovery for the 33-year-old pass rusher.

COLTS: Linebacker Bjoern Werner will miss four to six weeks with a sprained right foot. Werner was the team’s first-round pick in April’s draft.

BUCCANEERS: Dashon Goldson will not be suspended for his hit on Cardinals receiver Jaron Brown in Sunday’s game, but the Tampa Bay safety could be fined.

Merton Hanks, the league’s vice president of football operations, said Monday the play is being re-examined for a helmet-to-helmet hit, but it will not warrant a suspension.

JETS: Rex Ryan says rookie quarterback Geno Smith will not be benched right now despite his struggles.

Smith was intercepted twice and lost two fumbles in the team’s 38-13 loss at Tennessee on Sunday, giving him 11 turnovers <0x2014> eight interceptions, three lost fumbles – through four games

COURTS: Former Cleveland Browns quarterback Bernie Kosar pleaded not guilty to drunken-driving charges.

Bedford Municipal Court clerk Thomas Day says Kosar’s attorney sent the not guilty plea on Kosar’s behalf Monday. A Dec. 9 pretrial hearing has been scheduled.

Police say Kosar was pulled over for speeding early Sunday in Solon, in suburban Cleveland. They say officers smelled a strong odor of alcohol. The police statement says Kosar took sobriety tests and was taken to jail.


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