The Patriots are famously tight-lipped when it comes to publicly discussing injuries, so much so that even players on the active roster can sometimes discover news the same way fans do.

Patriots tight end Michael Hoomanawanui joined Toucher & Rich on Tuesday, and he said that he first learned of Vince Wilfork’s season-ending Achilles injury by reading Twitter.

Hoomanawanui said it’s a major loss for the Patriots, as much for Wilfork’s presence off the field as on it.

“Just his leadership — he’s not necessarily a huge talker but just the way he carries himself each and every day as a professional football player,” Hoomanawanui said about Wilfork. “Really everything about him.”

Still, Hoomanawanui expressed the “Next Man Up” attitude that the Patriots have held for years.

“It obviously stinks, but things like this happen every day in our profession. We’re going to have to move on and find somebody to fill that spot and help our team move forward,” Hoomanawanui said. “It’s gonna hurt to not have him out there with us. … It’s a big loss for us but we have to move on.”



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