FOXBOROUGH — It’s part of NFL life to see a player need help getting off the field because of an injury.
It’s rare that the player is Logan Mankins.
Already lauded by Bill Belichick and teammates alike for his toughness Mankins surprised even them Sunday.
The 31-year old Mankins was hurt during LeGarrette Blount’s 36-yard touchdown run early in the second quarter, and had each arm around a member of the team’s medical staff as he slowly made his way off the field.
He would go back to the locker room, with the team announcing an ankle injury, but a short time later, he returned to the sideline, and went back into the game, missing just one offensive series. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.