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No-quit mindset drives Pats' D-line

Despite injuries, setbacks and roster shuffles, Wilfork-led unit stands strong

Updated: December 22, 2010, 5:20 PM ET
By Steven Krasner | Special to ESPNBoston.com

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- New England Patriots lineman Vince Wilfork isn't going to run a sub-four-minute mile. Nor is he likely to finish first in a Boston Marathon.

But Wilfork, at a massive 6-foot-2, 325 pounds, has been showing endurance that belies his size. Last Sunday night, for instance, the Patriots' defense was on the field for a whopping 84 plays, and Wilfork was in the trenches for an amazing 75 of those plays.

And the reason Wilfork was on the field for so many plays not ...

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