|Notes and Observations Week 12: Patriots Lose 1st Game in Frustrating Fashion; Broncos Win in OT 30-24||Report: Hightower Suffered Sprained MCL in Loss to Broncos||Undefeated Mirage Gives Way to Reality of Flawed Patriots Team in OT Loss to Broncos||Gronkowski Avoids Major Injury|
UPDATE, 9/28/09: According to the Boston Herald, Vince Wilfork was diagnosed with a sprained ankle and the injury is “not expected to be long-term.” It sure looks like the Patriots dodged a bullet here, but it will be interesting to see when Wilfork will be available to play again.
Vince Wilfork left the field late in the second quarter after joining in to tackle Falcons running back Michael Turner. He appeared to have an ankle injury, and was helped off the field. His return was listed as questionable, but he did not return. Wilfork was not even spotted on the sideline in the third quarter, so the injury could be more serious than it originally looked.
Without Wilfork, the Pats managed to patch up the rush defense in a 26-10 win. They held Michael Turner to just 57 yards on 15 carries, but the Patriots can’t afford to keep losing players on an already depleted defensive unit.