Logan Mankins is going to Disney World this week, and he won’t have to traipse through the monstrous amusement park on a surgically repaired knee, or ankle, or hip — or anything else. Obviously, the Patriots left guard couldn’t be any more excited. Mankins is coming off the most physically unbearable season of his career, but he said yesterday none of the injuries required surgery. Last year at this time, he was preparing to repair a torn ACL, which threw off his entire offseason and led to the series of ailments that plagued his 2012 campaign. But this time around, a trip to the operating room won’t affect his family’s annual journey to Orlando. “I’m excited,” said Mankins, who visited the Kraft Family Blood Donor Center at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Brigham and Women’s Hospital. “At this time last year, I hadn’t even had surgery yet, so I’ll be training here pretty soon in a few weeks. It’s going to be a great offseason for me, I think. My legs will get back to where they used to be. I’ll be in the kind of shape I want to be when the season starts. I’m actually pretty excited about this offseason.” Mankins even bailed on the Pro Bowl because at that point, rest was far more important than continuing to play through the pain any longer, particularly on the quick turnaround from the AFC Championship. He seemed genuinely disappointed that he couldn’t make the trip to Hawaii, but Mankins missed six games due to injuries last season, which was out of character for a guy who hadn’t even missed a practice due to injury until 2011. “I would have liked to have gone,” Mankins said. “I’ve always had a great time at those games and during those weeks, but it was a long stretch down the end there for me. I don’t think it would have been good to continue to play on what I had been playing on.” Mankins was visibly annoyed throughout the 2012 season because he had never endured such an injury-riddled stretch on the field. When he rehabbed enough to overcome the knee surgery, he injured his hip. And then his calf. And then his ankle. At one point during the season, he conceded the return from knee surgery could have caused him to overcompensate and suffer the other injuries. Yesterday, he admitted that was the case.
Pats’ Logan Mankins savors surgery-free offseason
Boston Herald | Feb 13