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A fresh outlook for Mankins

Accepting his situation, All-Pro guard puts contract issues aside and moves forward

Updated: August 5, 2011, 8:45 AM ET
By Mike Reiss | ESPNBoston.com

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Now in his seventh season with the New England Patriots, All-Pro guard Logan Mankins has proved to be tough, durable and one who doesn't sugarcoat what's on his mind. Thursday was no different.

Mankins was on the practice field for the first time since training camp began, his one-on-one battles against powerful defensive lineman Albert Haynesworth a highlight of the session. Then afterward, he talked about the often-explosive contract-related issues that have been ...

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