When first questioned, New England Patriots left guard Logan Mankins budged about as much as he does on the field.
After practicing for the first time Sunday since offseason surgery to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee, the 310-pound perennial Pro Bowler admitted he was surprised when he learned the diagnosis following the Patriots' 21-17 loss to the New York Giants in the Super Bowl in February.
''I'm not going to get into when it happened because it happened a long time ago,'' said Mankins, sporting a brace on his right knee. ''A lot longer than then you would have thought it happened. It wasn't 100 percent, but it was still functional.''
With a little prodding, Mankins eventually backed off his stance, divulging more information about the timeline of the injury.
Was he injured before the Super Bowl?
''Yeah,'' he said.
During the regular season?
''Possibly,'' he added with a...