A league source said the Patriots will activate guard Logan Mankins for tomorrow’s game with the Browns and to make room the team released cornerback Terrence Wheatley.
New England was given a two-week roster exemption for Mankins after he signed his restricted free-agent tender on Tuesday and returned to the team. However, once the team decided to activate Mankins for a game, a corresponding roster move had to be made.
Mankins has been practicing with the first-team offensive line all week, and it is expected that he will re-assume his starting spot between Matt Light and Dan Koppen on the left side of the offensive line against Cleveland.
If he does start, it will continue Mankins’ streak of starting every game he has been eligible for, beginning with the first regular-season game of his career in 2005.
Wheatley’s release ends a difficult run for the second-round corner with the Pats — he earned his first start, as a rookie, against the Colts in Nov. 2008 and injured his wrist covering Marvin Harrison in the game. The injury required season-ending surgery, and Wheatley struggled to see the field in the two years since.
Last year, a preseason knee injury cost him the chance to compete for playing time, and this preseason he broke a bone in his foot. He returned to practice just after the Pats’ bye week but did not play until last week against Minnesota.