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Kraft 'happy' to have Mankins back

Posted by Monique Walker, Globe Staff  November 9, 2010 07:35 PM

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Patriots owner Robert Kraft said today he is happy to have offensive guard Logan Mankins back with the team. Mankins signed his restricted free agent tender offer last week and started a few days later against Cleveland.

After some controversy over the situation between Mankins and the team, it seems both sides have put it all behind them.

"I'm happy he's with the team," said Kraft in his first public comments since the signing. "You can't always believe everything you read in the media. ... We're really happy. Now we just have to win football games. It's about winning."

Kraft said he liked what he saw in Mankins's performance on Sunday, but the result for the Patriots was not ideal.

"Obviously he kept himself in good shape, but losing isn't fun. So it was not a good day on Sunday," Kraft said.

Kraft was at Henry Grew Elementary in Hyde Park this morning to present the school with a $10,000 grant from the NFL for health and wellness programming or equipment as part of the NFL Play 60 campaign.

"... Kids are playing games with their thumbs and not going out and interacting with other kids," Kraft said. "I hope that's part of our initiative, that Play 60 helps young children to interact more."

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