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Defensive consensus: Patriots will have to step up

FOXBOROUGH — Now that the reality of not having Vince Wilfork in uniform is settling in — the defensive tackle wasn’t at Wednesday’s practice, the team’s first on-field workout since losing him to an Achilles’ tendon tear during Sunday’s win at Atlanta — his defensive teammates are steeling themselves for what comes next.

The consensus: Everyone else will have to step up.

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