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The Patriots had used their lone injured reserve/designated to return spot on Siliga during the 2014 season, as he played in just seven regular-season games (five starts) because of a foot injury. But upon his return in early December, Siliga quickly emerged as a starter next to Vince Wilfork, which carried into the playoffs.
At the time, several teammates praised the energy and enthusiasm of the 6-foot-2, 325-pound Siliga.
"He has good energy, likes to play football, likes to practice,” coach Bill Belichick said upon his return in December. “I’d say we have a lot of guys on our team that fit into that category. It’s not one-of-three guys or anything. But, [Siliga] brings it and we love it."
New England Patriots defensive tackle Sealver Siliga posted an Instagram photo of him in surgery.