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Zach Sudfeld waived by Patriots; Vince Wilfork to IR

Those magic summer months must seem a long way off for tight end Zach Sudfeld.

The New England Patriots announced Thursday that the training camp sensation has been waived. In a separate transaction, nose tackle Vince Wilfork was placed on season-ending injured reserve with a torn Achilles tendon.

Expected to pick up the slack with Rob Gronkowski injured and Aaron Hernandez in the hoosegow, Sudfeld struggled out of the gate and missed time with a hamstring injury.

The undrafted rookie failed to record a single catch; he dropped a pass that led to an interception; and he muffed an onside kick in Week 4. In short, Sudfeld looked overwhelmed in his first month of NFL action.

Sudfeld's release might be a sign that Gronkowski is on track to return Sunday versus the Cincinnati Bengals.

Don't take that to the bank, though. Sudfeld played just eight snaps last week and wasn't a major contributor on special teams. Perhaps the Patriots just decided he was better off on the practice squad.

Pat yourself on the back if you opted for Julius Thomas over Sudfeld as your tight-end flier in fantasy leagues this summer.

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