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Pats' Wilfork has successful surgery

(SportsNetwork.com) - New England Patriots defensive tackle Vince Wilfork underwent a successful procedure Tuesday to repair a torn right Achilles' tendon he sustained in the team's most recent game.

Wilfork's wife, Bianca, tweeted the news while displaying a photo of her husband resting comfortably with his right foot in a cast.

The Patriots have yet to publicly disclose the nature of Wilfork's injury, which occurred during the first quarter of New England's 30-23 victory at Atlanta this past Sunday. Head coach Bill Belichick did admit on Monday that the valued veteran would likely be out for an extended period, however.

New England is expected to place Wilfork, a five-time Pro Bowl selection who has missed only three games over the previous six seasons, on injured reserve in the coming days.

Wilfork had totaled nine tackles through the season's first four games.