Patriots Place Wilfork On IR, Release TE Sudfeld

BOSTON (CBS) – The New England Patriots made three roster moves on Thursday, officially placing defensive lineman Vince Wilfork on injured reserve.

In addition to Wilfork, the Patriots signed veteran free agent wide receiver Austin Collie and released rookie tight end Zach Sudfeld.

Wilfork suffered the injury in Sunday’s 30-23 win over the Atlanta Falcons and underwent surgery on Tuesday. A key part of the New England defense, Wilfork was in his sixth season serving as a defensive captain.

Collie, 27, is a veteran of four NFL seasons with the Indianapolis Colts (2009-12) after originally entering the NFL as a fourth-round draft pick out of Brigham Young in 2009. The 6-foot, 204-pounder has played in 42 NFL games with 16 starts. registering 173 receptions for 1,845 yards and 16 touchdowns.

Collie’s best statistical season came was as a rookie in 2009 when he caught 60 passes for 676 yards and seven touchdowns. Last season, Collie was limited to just one game for the Colts due to a knee injury.

The 24-year-old Sudfeld went undrafted in last year’s draft but signed as a rookie free agent with New England. He played in three of the first four games of the season, but never quite caught on with the offense.

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