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Patriots prepare for Redskins rushing attack

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Patriots prepare for Redskins rushing attack

FOXBORO -- The Washington Redskins are the second-worst rushing team in the NFL. But Patriots defensive lineman Vince Wilfork isn't taking that statistic lightly.

In fact, he believes that New England's defensive strategy on Sunday in Washington will be heavily focused on stopping the Redskins' rushing attack.

"This team runs the ball pretty good," said Wilfork on Thursday at Gillette Stadium. "Shanahan has success everywhere he's been, with his offense running the ball. We know that. It's not going to change. It starts with the running game. We can't be in 3rd-and-2 and 3rd-and-3 all game, or we're going to have a long, long night. So we've got to be able to buckle up on first and second down, and be able to get them in long yardage situations.

"It's going to start up front. It's definitely going to start up front with us. If we don't play well, it'll be a long day."

While the Redskins are only 4-8, Wilfork admitted that it's not easy to prepare for a team they rarely play.

"It's challenging," said Wilfork. "When you don't see a team, you're not familiar as you are with a divisional team or a team you face every year. So, we have our work cut out."

At least, he thinks he knows what to expect.

"Shanahan, he's old school," said Wilfork. "You look at the film, they're physical. And one way you can gauge a team and how tough they are, is, can they run the football? And they run the ball, they run the ball.

"It's a big challenge for us, defensively, but, as a defensive player, you have to live for these games. One of these games where there won't be much trickery and you won't do a lot of guessing, knowing what a team wants to do.

And according to Wilfork, the Redskins will want to run the football against them on Sunday.

Patriots-Falcons practice report: Gilmore, Rowe absent

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Patriots-Falcons practice report: Gilmore, Rowe absent

Wednesday's practice participation/injury report for Sunday's Patriots-Falcons game:

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS

DID NOT PARTICIPATE
CB Stephon Gilmore (concussion/ankle)
LB Harvey Langi (back)
LB Elandon Roberts (ankle)
CB Eric Rowe (groin)

LIMITED PARTICIPATION
RB Rex Burkhead (ribs)
WR Chris Hogan (ribs)
G Shaq Mason (shoulder)

ATLANTA FALCONS

DID NOT PARTICIPATE
K Matt Bryant (back)

LIMITED PARTICIPATION
OLB Vic Beasley Jr. (hamstring)
LB Jermaine Grace (hamstring)
LB Deion Jones (quadricep)
DE Takk McKinley (shoulder)
LB Duke Riley (knee)
WR Mohamed Sanu (hamstring)
DL Courtney Upshaw (ankle/knee)

Patriots LB Harvey Langi's wife posts emotional video of hospital reunion

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Patriots LB Harvey Langi's wife posts emotional video of hospital reunion

Days after Patriots linebacker Harvey Langi and his wife, Cassidy, were injured in car accident, she posted a video on Instagram of their tearful reunion in the hospital.

Friday the 13, 2017 was date night for Harv and I 👫On our way home we stopped at the light to turn to our house, when all of a sudden a SUV rammed straight into us. I completely blacked out and don’t remember anything, while Harvey remembers seeing me, his wife, laying lifeless and gushing blood. It’s been 3 days since that moment and we were finally reunited. We have been in the hospital for a few days and still have a few days to go. We are so completely blessed to have each other to lean on through all of this craziness. We are so grateful for all of our family and friends who have taken the time to come visit us, reached out to us, prayed for us, and have shown us their love and support. Our hearts are completely full right now ❤️ I just want my husband Havea to know how blessed I am to be your wife. I know this is a huge trial we will be facing but I know we can get through this together, day by day. Thank you for always loving me and staying by my side through it all. I love you with all my heart babe 💜😘

A post shared by Cassidy Lynn Langi (@cassidylangi10) on

An SUV slammed into the Langis' car as they waited at a red light Friday night near their apartment in Foxboro, about six miles from Gillette Stadium. 

Cassidy Langi sustained broken ribs and fractures to both hips. The injuries to Harvey Langi, an undrafted rookie free agent from BYU who made the team out of training camp, are considered less serious. Both had to be freed from the car with the jaws of life.