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Vince Wilfork tweets he had surgery, turns his attention to ‘the role of patient’

10.01.13 at 6:26 pm ET
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Vince Wilfork shows a thumbs up after successful Achilles surgery on Tuesday. (Bianca Wilfork)

Vince Wilfork shows a thumbs up after successful Achilles surgery on Tuesday. (Bianca Wilfork)

In an acknowledgment that he had surgery on his torn right Achilles on Tuesday, Vince Wilfork tweeted Tuesday afternoon that he will focus his efforts on getting himself back on the football field by being the best patient possible.

Wilfork reportedly tore his right Achilles tendon on Sunday night on the first defensive series of the game and was carted off the field.

Wilfork assured fans that his wife Bianca is watching him closely, taking care of him and forwarding all messages to him from fans. Bianca Wilfork later tweeted out a picture of Wilfork post-op with him showing the thumbs up gesture.

Wilfork wrote out his thoughts on an iPhone Tuesday, took a screen shot and tweeted the picture.

Here was the text of his message:

I just want to thank everyone for your support and encouragement. Bianca is making sure I see all the comments I will I could respond to everyone. But please know your words are heard. One thing I know is that I signed up to play football I don’t regret anything that has happened and there is no need to feel sorry about it. I’ve been blessed to have had only one surgery prior to today and that was in highschool … I know what signing up to play football means and I know the rewards and the risks. This is my job and I will switch positions for now and play the role of patient but that is only temporary. I have so much confidence in my team and I know that they will do great and I will be right besides them maybe not in uniform but in all other ways. Thanks again

Sunday was likely his last time in a Patriots uniform until next season, when he is in the fifth and final season of a contract worth $40 million.

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