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Mankins making progress

Posted by Greg A. Bedard  November 5, 2010 11:48 AM

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FOXBOROUGH -- Coach Bill Belichick said today that while guard Logan Mankins is making progress, there hasn't been a decision made yet on whether the team will activate him.

"He looks all right," Belichick said. "I think he’s got a ways to go. But he looks like he’s in pretty good condition. Logan’s a smart guy, he works hard, so that never going to be an issue. He’s just got to get better at doing things that he hasn’t done in a while."

Mankins missed the first seven games after refusing to sign his restricted free-agent until Tuesday. The team has a two-week roster exemption to decide when it wants to activate him.

"We’ll just take it day to day here," Belichick said. "We had a good day yesterday in terms of contact, padded and all that. And see how things are today. We’ll look at it tomorrow. I mean, a lot of times it’s the day after or two days after. The players who are coming back, whether it’s injuries or in this case he wasn’t here, whatever it happens to be, the more days and the more time you have the better you feel the situation, one way or the other. To bring him on the roster we’d have to make a move. So that’s a decision. I think you take that as long as you can until you make the decision, or until you know what the decision is. And then make it. And make the right one, not make a mistake on it. So we’ll see how it goes."

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