Mankins missed as Pats camp opens

Updated: July 31, 2010, 1:24 AM ET
By Chris Forsberg | ESPNBoston.com

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Vince Wilfork understands the situation Logan Mankins finds himself in at the start of New England Patriots training camp. But he's not picking sides.

As expected, Mankins, a restricted free agent who has yet to sign the Patriots' one-year tender offer, was not present for the opening day of training camp Thursday at Gillette Stadium. Mankins is seeking a long-term contract and, with the sides unable to come to agreement during the offseason, he demanded a trade in June.

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