Injured Patriots defensive tackle Vince Wilfork posted the following statement on his Twitter account Tuesday afternoon, under a heading that said, " Just trying to get my thoughts out":
"I just want to thank everyone for your support and encouragement. Bianca is making sure I see all of the comments I wish I could respond to everyone. But please know your words are heard.
"One thing I know is 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 only have had one surgery prior to today and that was in high school ... 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 our team and know that they will do great and I will be right besides them maybe not in uniform but in all other ways. Thanks again."