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Vince Wilfork shares insightful perspective on Isaiah Wynn's Achilles injury

Vince Wilfork shares insightful perspective on Isaiah Wynn's Achilles injury

Show us a player trying to recover from a significant injury, and we'll show you another player who's been there before.

In this case, the latter player happens to be former New England Patriots defensive tackle Vince Wilfork, who tore his Achilles tendon just four weeks into the 2013 season and missed the rest of the year.

As Patriots offensive tackle Isaiah Wynn attempts to recover from his own torn Achilles that forced him to miss his entire rookie campaign, Wilfork has some wisdom to impart on the 22-year-old.

"The biggest thing that helped me, and the biggest thing I could tell anyone with an Achilles, was taking the recommended time and maybe even a little more, depending on how the body responds," Wilfork recently told ESPN's Mike Reiss. "The last thing you want is to start doing some things and boom! You snap it again and you're back behind the curve. That was one of the best things I did -- I listened and was staying off it."

Wilfork was back for Patriots training camp in July 2014, and Wynn appears to be working toward that same goal; New England's 2018 first-round pick has made "daily" trips to Gillette Stadium this offseason for workouts and treatment, according to Reiss.

One treatment Wilfork recommends above all else: lots of massages.

"Getting scar tissue broken down was also important," Wilfork added. "I think probably 75-80 percent of my comeback was because of my masseuse. She was probably the biggest difference-maker in coming back the way I did. It wasn't any rehab. It wasn't any training. It was my masseuse, 2-3 hours, and just breaking down the scar tissue and getting new blood flow in that area. I did that 3-4 times a week."

That treatment paid off for Wilfork, who went on to play until 2016 and told Reiss he could have played "another five, six, seven more" seasons if he wanted to.

But the Patriots aren't looking that far ahead for Wynn, who is in line to be the team's starting left tackle after Trent Brown and LaAdrian Waddle departed in free agency.

If Wynn wants advice for how to make a full recovery, though, it sounds like he has a willing mentor in Wilfork.

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Patriots fans will love Tedy Bruschi's Throwback Thursday post vs. Chargers

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Patriots fans will love Tedy Bruschi's Throwback Thursday post vs. Chargers

Boston sports fans have gotta love Throwback Thursdays.

If nothing else, it's an excuse to jump in the time machine and revisit some classic games and plays from past years, and considering how much success the local teams have had, there's no shortage of moments to choose from.

Since the Patriots face the Chargers on Sunday, today was the perfect opportunity to remember a classic moment from a prior matchup between the teams.

Maybe you're thinking of Troy Brown stripping Marlon McCree after an interception in the 2006 Divisional Round, but Tedy Bruschi chose another memorable play.

That interception in Week 2 of the 2011 season was the first of Vince Wilfork's 13-year career, and he didn't just pick off Philip Rivers. He then rumbled, bumbled and stumbled his way on a 36-yard runback into Chargers' territory, setting up a New England field goal at the end of the first half of what would turn into a 35-21 Pats win. 

It's just too bad his teammate Devin McCourty tripped Wilfork up before he could turn the play into a pick-six.

The big nose tackle reveled in his play after the game, saying "We talk a lot of smack here, the offense and defense talking about who are the better athletes. "I think I've got the defense ahead of the offense now. Troy Brown had the offense ahead, but I think I've pushed the defense ahead."

Patriots fans wouldn't mind seeing more Rivers picks on Sunday afternoon, even if they don't come from such an unexpected source. 

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Ranking the Patriots' first-round picks under Bill Belichick

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Ranking the Patriots' first-round picks under Bill Belichick

Here's a ranking of the 15 players Bill Belichick has drafted in the first round for the Patriots. You can find the gallery by CLICKING HERE.