Wilfork, Mayo: We want to play Sunday

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- While some fans may wonder about the wisdom of the Patriots starters playing even a little in Sunday’s regular-season finale against Miami at Gillette Stadium, two of New England’s Pro Bowlers said Wednesday that they want to be on the field.

“I want to play football,” said Patriots captain and defensive lineman Vince Wilfork on Wednesday. “The more you play the more consistent you’ll be. I want to play every game I can. This is crunch time. Anyone who loves the game wants to play.”

Linebacker Jerod Mayo, another of the Pats’ captains, echoed Wilfork’s sentiment.

“I want to play the whole game,” said Mayo. “I’d rather keep playing and keep sharp. If you don’t play this week, you’re off a little next week and you might be a little rusty going into the postseason game. I’m sure everybody who’s healthy and ready to go will play.”

“My focus is all on Miami right now. We want to keep this thing rolling. You really don’t want to go into the postseason after a loss. Everybody’s ready to play. We want to win this game and keep it going,” he said.

Neither Wilfork nor Mayo seemed concerned that only one year ago, with a postseason berth already secured, receiver Wes Welker went down with a season-ending knee injury in the final game of the regular season.

“Injuries happen,” said Mayo with a shrug.

“I don’t think twice about playing, whether it’s the last preseason game or this one,” added Wilfork. When I play, I play. If you get injured, you get injured. You could get injured off the field, too.”