"That's not what I get paid to worry about," Conte said. "That's what the offensive guys get paid to do."
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"I know I'm going to have to compete for my position on this team," Conte told the team's website. "I am prepared to do that and felt having this surgery was the best way to be 100 percent healthy and be the best player I can possibly be."
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