Originally written on NESN.com  |  Last updated 11/20/14
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Logan Mankins has been a pillar of the Patriots' offensive line for seven seasons, but in 2011 the All-Pro right guard proved his commitment to the franchise more than ever. During the Patriots' Week 1 win over the Miami Dolphins last year, Mankins tore his anterior cruciate ligament. Mankins not only finished the eventual 38-24 win but also accomplished the rare and almost unimaginable feat of playing the entire 16-game season, as well as three playoff games, with the injury. The mere thought of an ACL tear is usually enough to scare a player off the field and into the...
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