NASHVILLE -- Logan Mankins could have been anywhere in the world and he was going to get asked about that knee.
It just so happened he was in Tennessee, where New England beat the Titans 34-13, when the report came out that he played the entire 2011 season on a torn ACL.
Yes, 16 games and the playoffs.
He at least had to be asked if it was true.
"Yeah . . .I don't want to get into last season too much," Mankins told reporters. "I'm kind of set on celebrating this win with the team. Maybe next week we can get into that."
There was enough to be happy about down there in Tennessee. New England's mercurial offensive line held up well on Sunday. And Mankins, who came off the PUP list August 12, didn't appear troubled by the knee one bit.
"I don't think we had any mental breakdowns today," he said. "I'm sure we had a few physical, but that's going to happen when you're playing against good players. It went smooth out there. I felt comfortable."
Mankins pulled out the handle on his rollaway suitcase as soon as questions moved from the Titans back to his knee. So the story was left for another day. All except for one question, anyway.
Did the Patriots know what Mankins was dealing with all that time?
"No one knew," he smiled.And was gone.
Football is coming.
The Patriots announced on Thursday that veterans will report to training camp on Wednesday, July 26 and that the first public practice will take place the following day.
Each of the team's first four practices -- from July 27-30 -- are scheduled to take place on the practice fields behind Gillette Stadium "in the nine o'clock hour," according to the Patriots. Updates to the training camp schedule, including more specific start times for practices, can be found at patriots.com/trainingcamp.
The Patriots Hall of Fame will hold its induction ceremony for former corner Raymond Clayborn on Saturday, July 29 around midday following that morning's training camp practice. Held on the plaza outside the Hall at Patriot Place, the ceremony will be free and open to the public.
The Patriots will host the Jaguars for two days of joint practices open to the public on Monday, Aug. 7 and Tuesday, Aug. 8. The preseason opener for both clubs will take place at Gillette Stadium on Aug. 10.
Tom Brady's off-the-field workout habits are the subject of serious curiosity for those in New England and beyond. Thanks to Under Armour's Instagram account, followers got a brief glimpse of what Brady does to stay in shape.
OK. It was more like a glimpse at what he did one day in Tokyo.
The video of Brady in the dohyo ring was shot at the Sakaigawa sumo stable in Tokyo on Thursday. According to Kyodo News, leading the training session was ozeki Goeido, who won last year's Autumn Grand Sumo Tournament.
"For them to welcome me means very much to me. It's hard to describe in words how special that was," Brady said.
Brady bounced around China before heading to Japan to continue to help promote Under Armour and in particular its "recovery sleepwear" line. He threw a pass on the Great Wall, and he explained that it was his "dream" to play a game on the continent.