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Mankins Returns To Practice, Haynesworth Sits Out

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Mankins is not technically a free agent, as the Patriots have placed the Franchise Tag on the All-Pro guard. But Mankins wants a long-term deal and will likely hold out (again) if he doesn't get it. Mankins made a big difference after returning in Week 9 last year, and the Patriots should place their top priority on retaining Tom Brady's top protector.

Mankins is not technically a free agent, as the Patriots have placed the Franchise Tag on the All-Pro guard. But Mankins wants a long-term deal and will likely hold out (again) if he doesn’t get it. Mankins made a big difference after returning in Week 9 last year, and the Patriots should place their top priority on retaining Tom Brady’s top protector.

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FOXBORO (CBS) – Logan Mankins returned to the practice field for the New England Patriots on Thursday, but Albert Haynesworth was back to being a spectator.

Mankins missed Wednesday’s session with an illness, but the All-Pro guard returned as the Patriots get ready to make their trip out west to play the Oakland Raiders.

Read: Levan Reid’s Patriots Blog

Haynesworth was limited in Wednesday’s practice with a back injury that kept him out of last Sunday’s loss to the Buffalo Bills. The defensive lineman was joined by tight end Aaron Hernandez (knee), Mike Wright (concussion) and Sebastian Vollmer (back), who all did not participate on Thursday.

Read: Chung Wants To Play, But “Not My Decision”

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