Dec 30, 2012; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots defensive tackle Vince Wilfork (75) defends against Miami Dolphins tackle Nate Garner (75) during the second half at Gillette Stadium. The New England Patriots defeated the Miami Dolphins 28-0. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

Injuries shelve Wilfork, three others for Pro Bowl

New England Patriots’ Defensive Tackle Vince Wilfork led a group of four Patriots named to the Pro Bowl who have withdrawn from the annual post-season exhibition game.

Citing an unspecified injury, the lone Patriots’ All Pro withdrew this afternoon.

Earlier in the day, Wide Reciever Wes Welker and Right Guard Logan Mankins announced their voluntary ommission from the game, played this coming Sunday in Hawaii.

It is believed that Welker suffered a rib injury during New England’s 28-13 loss to the Baltimore Ravens in the AFC Championship game last night, while Mankins has been battling hip and leg injuries all season.

The announcements, coupled with Tight End Rob Gronkowski’s broken forearm, leaves just Quarterback Tom Brady, Special teams demon Matthew Slater and linebacker Jerod Mayo as the Patriots still in line to make the trip to Honolulu.

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