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Logan Mankins’ status for season opener remains unclear

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Just how much time Patriots guard Logan Mankins will miss after recovering from knee surgery has been a mystery all offseason, and that remains the case following last week’s minicamp.

In a surprising piece of news that first became public in March, Mankins needed major knee surgery after it was revealed that he played in the Super Bowl not knowing that he had a torn ACL. From the beginning, there were conflicting reports about whether Mankins would be available by the start of the season, and the conflicting reports continue.

ESPN.com reported this morning that Mankins appears headed for the Physically Unable to Perform list, and he’s expected to sit out at least the first six weeks of the regular season. That report suggests that veteran offensive lineman Robert Gallery was signed as a stopgap measure at the start of the season while Mankins is out.

The Boston Herald, however, reports that Mankins is starting to look good, and suggests that his health is not a concern.

So which report is right? The Patriots are as tight-lipped about injuries as any NFL team, so we’re not going to hear much more than what we’ve already heard. It would be rare for a player who needed ACL surgery in February to be on the field in Week One, but probably no more rare than a player continuing to play without realizing he had a torn ACL.

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5 Responses to “Logan Mankins’ status for season opener remains unclear”
  1. CKL says: Jun 18, 2012 12:15 PM

    I think Welker had his ACL done pretty close to Feb 2010 and the little dynamo was back on the field to start the regular season.
    I have the UTMOST faith in Scarnecchia to get the most out of whichever players he has on the OL. He’s their second best coach (outside BB)and one of the best on the NFL. He’s kind of like the Monte Kiffin of offense. Fantastic at his job, but never wanted to be a HC.

  2. rayguyreturns says: Jun 18, 2012 12:35 PM

    “That report suggests that veteran offensive lineman Robert Gallery was signed as a stopgap measure at the start of the season while Mankins is out.”
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    Well, that will shore up the line for 3 games until he gets hurt too.

  3. ijahru says: Jun 18, 2012 12:54 PM

    An ACL is more of a problem for a player who does a lot of running and cutting. Mankins wearing a brace and playing the O-line should be OK.

  4. jpak12 says: Jun 18, 2012 1:06 PM

    Don’t trust Walkers report, when it comes to the Pats he has no clue what the concerns for the team and their fans are.

    Although he has a tough job lol always gets killed because he picked the Pats to win the division and 12 games last year. Fins fans hate him for that lol.

  5. patsfiend says: Jun 18, 2012 4:34 PM

    They can live without Mankins for a few games if that’s what it takes to make sure he’s close to 100% by the time he gets on the field.

    Note to Waters: Show up.

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