Despite having a two-week roster exemption to wait on Logan Mankins getting up to speed, the Pats decided to activate their Pro Bowl guard, making him available to play Sunday against the Cleveland Browns. In doing so they had to make a roster move, and they released CB Terrence Wheatley. Wheatley was having his best training camp this summer before suffering a foot injury in the preseason and had yet to suit up during a regular season game. He never really caught on as he seemed to suffer injury after injury since he was drafted. As bad as the news is for Wheatley, the news is great for Logan Mankins and the team as a whole.
The Patriots now have their best offensive lineman back and available to play. It’s unknown if Mankins will start, but nothing would surprise me. Dan Connolly has done a good job filling in and could get the start Sunday with Mankins doing spot work to get re-acquainted with the speed of the game. Just the fact that Mankins is in the lineup despite having just one week of practice is a testament as to how good he is. If and when he gets playing time, we can see how much he can add to this team.