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Report: Mankins has sprained MCL, to miss Week 17

Posted on: December 27, 2011 2:07 pm
Edited on: December 27, 2011 2:08 pm
New England hopes to get Mankins back for the playoffs. (US PRESSWIRE)

By Ryan Wilson

Patriots Pro Bowl guard Logan Mankins injured his left knee during Saturday's game against the Dolphins, and on Tuesday sources told the Boston Herald's Ian Rapoport that Mankins has a sprained MCL. 

Mankins will miss New England's Week 17 matchup with Buffalo. It'll be the first game he's missed due to injury in his six-year NFL career; he sat out seven games to begin the 2010 season as part of a contract dispute. The Patriots need to beat the Bills to earn homefield advantage throughout the playoffs. A loss Sunday coupled with a Steelers win over the Browns and a Ravens loss to the Bengals would make Pittsburgh the AFC's No. 1 and the Patriots would drop to No. 2.

For now, though, the biggest issue is getting Mankins back for the postseason. He's the Patriots' best lineman and anchors a unit that has struggled at times this season to protect Tom Brady. Rapoport writes that Mankins will not need surgery, and he hopes to return to the lineup the weekend of January 14th (the Pats will have wild-card weekend off because they earned a bye) for the AFC Divisional game.

Mankins suffered the injury Saturday after his left knee collided with a helmet. He wanted to return to the game but head coach Bill Belichick kept him on the sidelines.

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Since: May 5, 2009
Posted on: December 28, 2011 9:36 am

Report: Mankins has sprained MCL, to miss Week 17

Uh, Ryan, you should really check your own website before posting scenarios.  Pats fall to #2 if they lose and EITHER the Steelers OR Ravens win.

Since: Sep 21, 2011
Posted on: December 27, 2011 8:51 pm
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Since: Aug 23, 2010
Posted on: December 27, 2011 4:04 pm

Report: Mankins has sprained MCL, to miss Week 17

It's funny how these so called experts make a big deal when someone is injured for other teams.  They talk about how bad the Pats defense is but they don't ever address the fact that we are disimated by injuries to our secondary.  We have been dealing with injuries for the past few years.  One thing is for sure hoody does a good job of adjusting.  Remember we won a Superbowl with over 40 different starting lineups the only thing is we don't have that kind of depth this year.  Makins injury is not good for the Pats and I hope he can play through it.Cool 

Since: Jan 19, 2007
Posted on: December 27, 2011 2:34 pm

Report: Mankins has sprained MCL, to miss Week 17

He may be back for the Divisional round, but the MCL injury will still take its toll, and could compromise his performance. One minor jolt to the knee and he could be knocked out of the game or aggravate it to the point of needing surgery.

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