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Patriots | To Ease Off Vinatieri in Training Camp

Michael Felger, of Patriots.com, reports the New England Patriots PK Adam Vinatieri (back), who suffered his worst season statistically in 2003, will be spelled during training camp by rookie P Cody Scates and P Josh Miller to reduce the wear and tear on the veteran kicker's body. After suffering a back injury late in the year, Vinatieri feels completely healthy and focused on having a great season. "It feels pretty good. We've done some things to strengthen it,'' Vinatieri said. "I'm not old (31). But I am getting older. When you get on in years you realize you can't continue to do things the same way. Hopefully having those guys (handle kickoffs in practice) will take some of the strain off. Then I can just focus on the field goals and get those numbers up.''

2004-05-30 07:36:20 | Source:

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