There’s playing through pain. Then there’s playing an entire 19-game NFL season battling in the trenches as an offensive lineman with a torn right ACL.
That’s what Logan Mankins did in 2011. News of Mankins injury, which occurred in the season-opening drubbing of the Dolphins, didn’t come to light until the first week of the 2012 season. Who knew what and when about the injury remains unclear, but it’s certain that by the time Super Bowl XLVI began against the Giants, Mankins had torn ACLs in both knees.
"I could still run, so there was no reason to sit out. There were no MRIs or anything, so we never knew exactly what was hurt. If you can still run and play, there is no reason to go see a doctor, right?" Mankins recalled in 2012 about the first injury.
Think about that the next time Jacoby Ellsbury misses a week with a sore groin.