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Kevin Faulk talks about the post-lockout landscape and his rehab

07.24.11 at 10:53 am ET

With a labor agreement apparently on the horizon, it’€™s time to turn our attention to actual on-field football matters. Patriots veteran running back Kevin Faulk spoke with the Opelousas (La.) Daily World about a wide variety of topics, including what the post-lockout landscape will look like.

‘€œLike everybody else, I’€™m kind of waiting to see what’€™s going to happen,’€ Faulk said. ‘€œI’€™ve heard a lot of different people speculating on the answers to those questions, but it’€™s hard to say. We just have to get back to it and see how it goes.’€

Faulk also discussed what it was like trying to finish off the rehab process on his torn ACL he suffered in Week Two of the 2010 season without the help of the team’€™s medical personnel.

‘€œI’€™m a football player,’€ Faulk said. ‘€œAll I know is hard work. That’€™s the only way I’€™ve ever known how to do things. But those guys (trainers) are professionals. They know what they’€™re doing.

‘€œIf I’€™m feeling soreness, I might figure that’€™s just part of football and keeping fighting through it. Those guys know how to deal with it. Not being able to communicate with those guys definitely made it tougher for me.’€

And he also chimed in on the importance of having those offseason workouts as a team as opposed to what the NFL has gone through with the lockout:

‘€œI think it’€™s very crucial,’€ Faulk said. ‘€œI hear people saying that it’€™s not important, but I think it’€™s very important for a lot of reasons. First of all, you get a feel for the new players on your team. It’€™s more than just going through the mini-camps and the OTAs. You’€™re building a team.

‘€œEven when you’€™re just working out together in the offseason, you’€™re building your team. You’€™re building trust and faith in one another when you see your teammates working hard. It’€™s very important.’€

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