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Wilfork puts major injury, contract squabble in past, excited about 11th season with Patriots

  • New England Patriots defensive lineman Vince Wilfolk  talks with reporters during a media availability after NFL football minicamp at the team's indoor training facility Tuesday, June 19, 2014 in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo Stephan Savoia)

    New England Patriots defensive lineman Vince Wilfolk talks with reporters during a media availability after NFL football minicamp at the team's indoor training facility Tuesday, June 19, 2014 in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo Stephan Savoia)  (The Associated Press)

  • New England Patriots defensive lineman Vince Wilfolk (75) runs during NFL football minicamp at the team's indoor training facility Tuesday, June 19, 2014 in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo Stephan Savoia)

    New England Patriots defensive lineman Vince Wilfolk (75) runs during NFL football minicamp at the team's indoor training facility Tuesday, June 19, 2014 in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo Stephan Savoia)  (The Associated Press)

  • New England Patriots defensive lineman Vince Wilfolk (75) stands with defensive unit teammates during NFL football minicamp at the team's indoor training facility Tuesday, June 19, 2014 in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo Stephan Savoia)

    New England Patriots defensive lineman Vince Wilfolk (75) stands with defensive unit teammates during NFL football minicamp at the team's indoor training facility Tuesday, June 19, 2014 in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo Stephan Savoia)  (The Associated Press)

New England Patriots defensive tackle Vince Wilfork is excited to be back on the field after recovering from a torn Achilles tendon.

He's putting that and a contract squabble behind him as he prepares for his 11th NFL season since the Patriots drafted him in 2004.

Wilfork says he had no physical limitations during the team's three-day minicamp that ended Thursday.

The five-time Pro Bowler suffered the season-ending injury in the fourth game last year. He says he's recovered well from surgery and is getting used to the physical part of the game again.

Wilfork also says he holds no grudge after settling his contract dispute by restructuring it into a reported three-year, $22.5 million deal.

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