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 was 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 a single catch dropped a pass that led to an interception and muffed an onside kick in Week 4. In short he 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.