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Case of the disappearing O-line

Wth Pats linemen fading fast, the trickle-down effect could spell danger

Updated: August 5, 2012, 8:01 PM ET
By Mike Reiss | ESPNBoston.com

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- A less-than-ideal situation unfolded at New England Patriots training camp practice Sunday, and if it persists, it could dash the high hopes the team carries into the 2012 season.

The offensive line is fading away before coach Bill Belichick's eyes.

The club finished Sunday's workout with just eight healthy/eligible-to-practice linemen, which is dangerously thin for a full-pads training camp practice. What makes it dangerous is that it forced first-unit tackles ...

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