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Draft Scout Logan Mankins News
09/19/14 - G Logan Mankins was forced to leave Thursday's game after aggravating a left knee injury.
09/11/14 - G Logan Mankins has a knee injury and did not practice Wednesday, although the Bucs are optimistic he will play against the Rams.
09/08/14 - G Logan Mankins has a hyperextended knee and the Bucs are optimistic he could play Sunday vs. the Rams.
09/07/14 - G Logan Mankins left the Buccaneers' season-opening, 20-14 loss to the Panthers on Sunday midway through the second quarter and did not return due to a left knee injury. It was a non-contact injury, the result of an awkward landing as he hopped away from a pile. The Bucs initially announced his return as questionable before later ruling him out for the game. Mankins was acquired in a preseason trade with the Patriots in an attempt to shore up an otherwise-suspect offensive line.
08/26/14 - G Logan Mankins was traded to the Buccaneers in exchange for second-year tight end Tim Wright and a fourth-round pick in the 2015 NFL Draft.
The deal, shipping a six-time Pro Bowler and team captain to Tampa Bay less than two weeks before the regular season sent shockwaves through the New England locker room.
Even head coach Bill Belichick acknowledged the enormity of the trade in a written statement announcing the deal.
"Logan Mankins is everything we would ever want in a football player," Belichick said. "It is hard to imagine a better player at his position, a tougher competitor or a person to represent our program. He is one of the all-time great Patriots and the best guard I ever coached. Logan brought a quiet but unmistakable presence and leadership that will be impossible to duplicate. Unfortunately, this is the time of year when difficult decisions have to be made - and this is one of the most difficult we will ever make - but like every other decision it was made for what we feel is in the best interests of the team."
His teammates, who were informed of the deal just before the day's practice, were seemingly still coming to grips with the loss of a veteran leader who'd spent the last nine-plus seasons as a mainstay on the team.
"What an awesome player," left tackle Nate Solder said. "So honored to play with that guy, to get to know him and his family. I can't say enough good things about him. He and his family have great morals, great ethics, great work ethic. Tremendous guy. He does what he says. Everything about the guy is genuine and authentic.
"It's all coming to us pretty quickly, so, really, I just reflect. I truly hope to have a great relationship with him as we go ahead in life."
"He's the type of guy that you don't know if you'll get that type of teammate ever again," Patriots co-captain Devin McCourty said. "He's a tough guy – the different injuries he's played through, being out there every snap, every chance he could