Monday's signing of veteran offensive lineman Robert Gallery makes a lot more sense now: ESPNBoston.com is reporting that left guard Logan Mankins underwent surgery for a torn ACL in the weeks following the Super Bowl.
Mankins suffered a left knee injury in New England's Dec. 24 game against Miami and missed the regular-season finale, the only game he's missed to injury in his career.
In the report, a source said Mankins was hit early in Super Bowl XLVI and it was later determined that he had been playing through a torn ACL.
It is unlikely that Mankins will participate in any of the spring camps, and he may not be able to take part in training camp depending on the timetable for his recovery.
Of course, knowing now that Mankins played in the Super Bowl on a torn ACL only serves to underscore the toughness Bill Belichick and his teammates have long talked about when it comes to the 2004 first-round draft pick.