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Mankins, Wilfork set to shut it down

Posted by Albert Breer  February 1, 2010 12:22 AM

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As a bonus, Mankins did get some "camera time". When Matt Schaub was strip-sacked in the fourth quarter by DeMarcus Ware, the big guard fell on the ball, then got up and advanced it 4 yards.

"You never know what's gonna happen out there," he said. "I was just thinking, 'Don't get blown up', and thankfully they just wrapped me up and took me down."

So now starts about a two-month break before the offseason ramps up, and it gives the players a chance to make up for lost time.

"I'm going back tomorrow," Wilfork said. "I've been away from the kids for a week. I miss them. I come home tomorrow night. So I'll see them first thing Tuesday morning, take them to school. But I heard the weather back there's cold, so I'm not looking forward to the cold, just looking forward to my kids. ...

"Before everything gets going, we want to get a chance, as a family, to hang out like normal people for once and go forward from there. Whatever happens after that happens."
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