Logan Mankins Injury: Updates on Patriots OL's Ankle

Richard Langford@@noontide34Correspondent IDecember 29, 2013

FOXBORO, MA - DECEMBER 29: Logan Mankins #70 of the New England Patriots leaves the field with an injury during a game with the Buffalo Bills at Gillette Stadium on December 29, 2013 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
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With the New England Patriots hosting the Buffalo Bills in Week 17, stud left guard Logan Mankins was forced from the game with an ankle injury. He was able to return to the field:

Updates From Wednesday, Jan. 1, at 11:30 a.m. ET:

From ESPN's Mike Reiss:

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Shalise Manza Young of The Boston Globe provided a post-game statement from Patriots head coach Bill Belichick discussing Mankins' injury:

"First of all, I agree with Tom (Brady) in terms of Logan's toughness – I've coached a lot of tough guys, none that I would put ahead of him. Maybe on the same level, but none ahead," Belichick said, referencing comments Brady made after the game Sunday. "If Logan needed help off the field ... it was definitely a concerning moment. When (head trainer Jim) Whelan came and told me 'Logan's back,' I was a little bit surprised to hear that.

"But he's a tough individual, physically and mentally tough."

This is great news for the Pats. The 31-year-old Pro Bowler is vital to the Patriots' offensive line, and the team will need him healthy for its postseason run.   

The Patriots have locked up the championship in the AFC East, but this game is still important to them for playoff seeding. With a win and a loss by the Denver Broncos, the Patriots could still wind up as the AFC's No. 1 seed.

Also, with the Cincinnati Bengals beating the Baltimore Ravens earlier on Sunday, the Patriots would miss out on a first-round bye with a loss.