Mike Reiss of ESPN Boston is reporting that Patriots All-Pro left guard Logan Mankins underwent surgery to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament in the weeks following New England’s loss to the Giants in Super Bowl XLVI. While that may not be big news in itself, it is pretty remarkable when you hear that Mankins tore that ACL early into the contest…and played the entire game despite the injury.
If that’s true, and we have no reason to believe it isn’t, that makes Logan Mankins the toughest mother in the NFL.
From ESPN Boston…
Mankins injured his left knee in the Patriots’ 27-24 win over the Miami Dolphins on Dec. 24. He missed the season finale — the only game he’s missed in his seven-year NFL career because of injury — before playing throughout the playoffs. One source said Mankins’ injured knee was hit early in Super Bowl XLVI and that it was later determined he had been playing through a torn ACL.
Because of his recent knee surgery Mankins will be unavailable for the Pats’ spring minicamps, which is one reason why the team went and signed former Raiders and Seahawks OL Robert Gallery to a one-year-deal. Although with Mankins’ level of toughness I’m sure all it will take is a few Tylenol 3s and some well placed trainer’s tape and he’ll be ready to go for the preseason.