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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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Chiefs' overtime rule change proposal inspired by Patriots falls flat

Chiefs' overtime rule change proposal inspired by Patriots falls flat

The Kansas City Chiefs' complaints have fallen on deaf ears.

The Chiefs' proposal to change the NFL's overtime rules so that both teams are guaranteed possession died Wednesday when it didn't receive enough support to reach a vote, NFL executive vice president of football operations Troy Vincent revealed Wednesday at the Spring League Meeting in Florida.

Vincent said there was some support among owners to change the overtime rules for the postseason only, but not enough to bring it to a vote.

Kansas City made the proposal after its overtime loss to the Patriots in the AFC Championship Game, where New England won the coin toss and scored the game-winning touchdown on its opening drive, denying the Chiefs a chance to possess the ball.

The NFL's current overtime rules stipulate the game ends only if one team scores a touchdown on its first possession, so Kansas City could have gotten the ball back by holding the Patriots to a field goal or forcing a turnover on downs.

But Chiefs head coach Andy Reid and tight Travis Kelce are among those who still think both teams should get the ball no matter what.

It appears the rest of the league doesn't agree, however.

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Tom Brady seems quite pleased by Julian Edelman's contract extension

Tom Brady seems quite pleased by Julian Edelman's contract extension

Best friends love seeing each other succeed, and Tom Brady and Julian Edelman are no exception.

Edelman finally earned his payday Tuesday, inking a two-year extension with the New England Patriots worth $18 million with $12 million guaranteed.

Shortly after the NFL's Instagram account relayed the news, Edelman's quarterback and close pal chimed in with his stamp of approval.

Edelman's extension is good news for Brady on several fronts; the 41-year-old QB gets to keep his favorite target for two more seasons, and Edelman's deal could get the ball rolling on Brady's own extension as he enters the final year of his contract.

Brady wasn't the only Patriots player to show Edelman love, though. Defensive backs Devin and Jason McCourty and wide receiver Phillip Dorsett offered their support in the Instagram comment section, while Denver Broncos edge rusher Von Miller even joined the fray.

Edelman has come a long way from being an unheralded seventh-round draft pick out of Kent State, and the NFL community couldn't be happier.

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