Mankins: Domino effect with injuries

BOSTON – When Pro Bowl offensive guard Logan Mankins looks back on his injury-filled 2012 season, he sees a domino effect. It started with him playing the entire 2011 season on a torn ACL, then undergoing offseason surgery.

“I think most of my injuries last year were due probably to the fact that I didn’t have an offseason. I had a surgery, I came back and played a game right at six months after an ACL surgery, so I think that rapid recovery kind of hurt everything else,” Mankins said during a volunteer appearance with his wife Kara at the Kraft Family Blood Donor Center. “I made it through the year. It will be nice to actually have an offseason this year.”

Mankins, who had hip, calf and ankle injuries at different points of 2012, was asked to compare how he currently feels to where he was at this point last year.

“At this time last year, I hadn’t had surgery yet. I’ll be training here pretty soon in a few weeks [and] it’s going to be a great offseason for me, I think. My legs will get back to where they used to be and I’ll be in the kind of shape I want to be when the season starts. I’m actually pretty excited about this offseason.”

Mankins didn’t require any surgeries this offseason; “fortunately, just rest.”

A few more quick hits from Mankins:

On right tackle Sebastian Vollmer and his pending free-agent status: “I don’t know what’s going to happen, but of course I want him back. He’s the kind of guy we want on our team. He’s a good player, a good guy. He’s very strong. When he’s healthy, he’s as good as there is at that position. I hope we can bring him back.”

Continuity along the offensive line if Vollmer stays: “It’s very important. I think him and Dan [Connolly] do a good job over there [on the right side] together. I think they have each other figured out. The longer they’re together, the better it will be. It goes the same for me and Nate [Solder]. This was our first year together and I think we’ll do a better job together next year.”

Passing on a trip to Hawaii as a Pro Bowler: “I would have liked to have gone. I’ve always had a great time at those games and during those weeks. But it was a long stretch at the end for me. I don’t think it would have been good to continue to play on what I had been playing on.”