|Logan Mankins on his health: ‘Just working to get better and taking it day-by-day’||10.11.12 at 2:09 pm ET|
FOXBORO — Logan Mankins is in uncharted waters.
The veteran offensive lineman, who can rarely hold his distaste for sitting out of a game — remember, this is a guy who played most of last season with a torn ACL — has been limited in practice recently because of calf and hip problems. As a result, he missed a Sept. 30 game against the Bills, and didn’t finish last week’s win over the Broncos.
Before practice on Thursday, he offered a assessment of where he was at physically.
“Just working to get better — taking it day-by-day. Spending a lot of time in the training room,” said Mankins, who was at practice with the team Thursday. “It’s never fun. But it’s just one of those things you have to get through.”
If he’s healthy, the left guard welcomes the challenge of facing a big Seattle defense that is one of the best in the league against the run.
“It’s a really good defense — you can’t say enough about them. They give up  yards a game rushing, and under I think it’s under 300 yards a game total,” said Mankins of the Seattle defense, which is third in the league against the run and first overall, allowing 258.6 yards per game. “[It's] a tough place to play — I’ve been there before and it’s super loud. They have a good defense. It’ll be tough.
“They have good players,” he added. “They have big guys inside that are hard to run on. Then, they get you in third-and-long and they have a lot of good pass rushers. I think their D-line is what leads their defense, from what I can see. And they’re pretty good.”
It’s never easy playing at CenturyLink Field, considered by many to be one of the loudest places in the league.
“I’ve been in some loud ones — it’s one of the loudest,” Mankins said of the noise in Seattle. “Last time I was there (2008), their team wasn’t that good. They were out of the playoffs already and the place was still rocking. They have good support out there.”
Mankins said the best way to fight through the noise is to keep your focus.
“A lot of it is mental toughness — just being able to focus through that,” he said. “It takes a lot of communication — you can’t just look over at someone. You have to scream it at the guy next to you so he can hear you. Just making sure that everyone is on the same page.”
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