Report: Logan Mankins played all season with a torn ACL

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We knew Patriots guard Logan Mankins had surgery to repair a torn ACL after the Super Bowl, but it seems the problem existed for a long time before it was fixed.

Adam Schefter of ESPN reported Sunday morning that Mankins actually tore the ligament in the season opener against the Dolphins last season. We can’t think of any player who played an entire season with a torn ACL, which makes Mankins’ presence on the field in those games fairly remarkable given how long players are usually sidelined by injuries of that type.

There were reports at the time of the surgery that Mankins knew he had a partially torn ligament, but that he was unaware of the severity of the injury until after the season came to an end. The Patriots never reported the injury on their weekly injury reports. Mankins never seemed to be at risk of missing games, but, per Schefter’s report, they knew the injury was severe.

We got our first inkling that there was something wrong with Mankins came late in the season when he injured his MCL. That was in the left knee, though, and Mankins tore the ACL in the other knee. That left Mankins at something less than his best in the Super Bowl.

A return to form for Mankins would be a boon for a Patriots offensive line that struggled during the preseason.

24 responses to “Report: Logan Mankins played all season with a torn ACL

  1. For the record, first compliment I have ever given to a patriots player (literally): but that is the most bada$$ thing I have ever heard. Sorry about the childish @ and dollar signs, but I hate having my comments deleted.

  2. I can’t even image being tough enough to play with that kind of injury. I just hope Mankins’ not setting himself up to be crippled for life after football.

  3. Roger Goodell will now penalize the Patriots for keeping that a secret from the Saints.

    Goodell will then fine the Saints for wanting to use the information to potentially put a bounty on the Patriots had they met in the playoffs.

    Maybe someone should fine Goodell for having an injury reporting requirement that helps make a bounty system possible in the first place.

  4. The Patriots orthepedic surgeon, Bert Zarins, diagnosed and repaired ACL tears in both of my knees (different times). Zarins can identify a tear without an MRI (which he still reviews) just by wiggling your knee. If Mankins had a tear the Patriots had that knowledge. Makins is one tough sob to play with a tear all year. The pain can be excrutiating.

  5. upyoursnfu says: Sep 9, 2012 11:22 AM And was still able to dance the night away after that Superbowl loss.

    I am throwing the BS flag on this.

    Wrong guy. That was Light.

  6. jwreck says:
    Sep 9, 2012 11:18 AM
    For the record, first compliment I have ever given to a patriots player (literally): but that is the most bada$$ thing I have ever heard.

    It’s bad a$$ but not the most…ask Ronnie Lott about amputating a finger to play in the Super Bowl. That’s the most bad a$$ THING EVER.

  7. Should we expect Goodell to punish the Patriots in the name of player safety for knowingly and covertly sending an injured player into the field and risk further, more serious injury?


  8. Gutsy by Mankins. Smart? Maybe not, but gutsy. And leave it to the Patriots to fail to report an injury for the entirety of a season -_- Does this violate some sort of player’s safety rule? Seems like it might. Just Saying. On a side note I’m excited to see Russell Wilson play and the game between the 49ers and Packers.

  9. bluebongzilla says: Sep 9, 2012 11:24 AM

    “The Patriots never reported the injury on their weekly injury reports.”

    Surprise, surprise.
    LOL. How does that comment have 17 dislikes???

  10. cjh034 says: Sep 9, 2012 11:38 AM

    “ask Ronnie Lott about amputating a finger to play in the Super Bowl. That’s the most bad a$$ THING EVER.”

    Too bad it never happened. The bone in the tip of his pinkie finger was crushed in the last game of the 1985 season. Rather than have it repaired via bone graft, which would have benched him not only for the playoffs but also the start of the 1986 season, it was determined that he’d just lose the fingertip after the season. Lott played through it the next week in the playoffs against the Giants. The Giants beat them 17-3, and the fingertip was surgically removed after that. The guy was GREAT, one of the BEST and TOUGHEST EVER, and there’s no need to perpetuate a myth to prop him up.

  11. I am pretty sure that Roberto Garza has played his entire NFL career with no ACL in his right knee. I don’t know how big of a deal it is if you don’t have to cut on it. I have a friend how tore his knee up in high school, and he has been missing an ACL for the last 20 years. It hasn’t caused him any problems in everyday life. Mankins is a tough SOB for this though, because I believe that it is a very painful injury when it first happens.

  12. Not buying it. Sports journalists rarely differentiate between partial and fully torn (partially because you only know what teams say but I’d bet more so due to ignorance) so I applaud the note but PUHLEASE as if training staff didn’t know it was fun torn??? Total bull. TOTAL bull.

    There’s a simple physical test that can verify if ACL is fully torn or not (Lochman’s Test) without need of MRI. we all saw Giants TE try to stop on sidelines during Super Bowl and saw him COLLAPSE in agony: for good reason.

    IF Mankins had a fully torn ACL and played on it it was only with the aid of painkillers a la Romo Ribs.

    But then that sort of attention to detail would burst the sensationalism of such articles.

  13. I’m sure the pain was ridiculus at first, so props to him. But John Elway and Thurman Thomas both played their careers without an ACL, you can replace it with a brace.

  14. For starters, that is one tough SOB.

    Why was this never reported on the injury report? Does that not give a competitive advantage to the Patriots by teams not knowing to blitz his injured side?

    Now, when he retires, is he going to be able to sue the NFL and the Patriots because they allowed him to play with this injury, even though he was willing to play with it?

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