Already potentially missing one of their two stud starting guards from 2011, as right guard Brian Waters has yet to report and could retire, the Patriots are in danger of potentially not having Logan Mankins, the left guard, early in the season. Mankins partially tore his ACL in the Super Bowl and had surgery, though that was not even known until over a month after it happened. The Patriots are very good at keeping secrets.
Because they are such a secretive organization, we don’t know much either way. However, we do know he has been placed on the active/PUP list and is not practicing at the moment. The Boston Herald reports his return date is “uncertain,” which doesn’t really help. If the Patriots are missing both of their starting guards from last year week 1, it would be a huge loss and not just because they are such great players.
The Patriots would have to move center Dan Connolly, a mediocre player anyway, back to guard and start Dan Koppen, who is heading into his age 33 season and coming off a broken ankle that cost him most of 2011, at center. Options to start at the other guard spot would include veteran Robert Gallery, who was awful last season in Seattle, or one of two inexperienced players, Ryan Wendell and Marcus Cannon, the latter of whom is currently listed as a tackle.