The 30-year-0ld All-Pro guard for the Patriots played 15 regular-season games and three more playoff games last season. He said he felt pain during that time, but nothing out of the ordinary.
“There’s a lot of pain in football, right?” Mankins said Sunday.
There is, but not this kind of pain. Mankins found out after the Super Bowl that he had been playing with a torn ACL in his right knee. He didn’t divulge when exactly he suffered the injury, but hinted that it likely happened during the regular season.
“It wasn’t 100 percent,” Mankins explained, “but it was still functional.”
Mankins underwent offseason surgery to repair the torn ligament and missed the start of camp, but he was finally taken off the physically unable to perform list on Sunday and rejoined his teammates for practice "
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