We knew Logan Mankins was tough, but a new report about the Patriots guard takes the word "tough" to a new level.
According to the report by ESPN, Mankins tore his ACL in Week 1 against the Dolphins and played all of last season with the injury.
Mankins has acknowledged that he had ACL surgery after Super Bowl XLVI, but it had never been reported just how long Mankins was running around on his torn-up knee.
Reports around the time of Mankins' surgery said he knew he had a partially torn ligament, but he didn't know just how bad it was. He's said he didn't even have an MRI until after the season. As far as he was concerned, he could play, so what did it matter how badly he was hurt?
"I could still run so there was no reason to sit out," Mankins said during training camp. "There was no MRIs or anything so we never knew what exactly was hurt. If you could still run and play, there's no reason to go see a doctor, right?"
How rare is it to play that long with an injury that severe?
We cant 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.
A healthy Mankins should bring plenty of experience and, of course, toughness to an offensive line that looked like it could use both during the preseason.
Haters gonna hate. Robert Kraft knows that, and he's not going to hold a grudge because of it. But he won't forget, either.
The New England Patriots owner appeared on the latest episode of HBO's "Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel" for an interview with Andrea Kremer that aired Tuesday night, and he was as candid as any member of the organization has been throughout the Deflategate saga.
“I really don’t hold grudges,” Kraft admitted in the interview, per WEEI. “I mean, I remember everything, but I move on . . . Envy and jealousy are incurable diseases. The haters still hate. And I understand it, and we’ll do our best to keep them in that position.”
And while Kraft isn't holding grudges, he still recognizes the negative impact the controversy left on Tom Brady's pristine reputation.
“He’s just not the greatest quarterback in the history of the NFL,” Kraft began. “He’s an amazing human being. And is genuine. And as nice as everybody thinks he is, he’s nicer. And to see anyone attack him as an individual or his integrity. And that just wasn’t fair.”
Will Martellus Bennett be back with the Patriots next season?
NFL Network's Ian Rapoport says it's "a real possibility" Bennett leaves given the asking price and potential offers.
Less than an hour later, the unrestricted free agent sent out a tweet responding to speculation about his future.
Bennett, who will 30 years old in March, had seven touchdowns in 19 games in his first season with the New England Patriots.