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Patriots’ Vince Wilfork leaves with ankle injury

ATLANTA — The Patriots defense that had been playing so well early in the season was dealt a blow the first time it took the field Sunday night against the Falcons.

Defensive tackle Vince Wilfork suffered an ankle injury on the Falcons’ initial drive, limping off the field. Trainers removed the tape, sock, and shoe on Wilfork’s right foot. Minutes later, he was carted away from the sideline, accompanied by team doctor Thomas Gill.

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