New England Patriots Practice: Dan Connolly back, Logan Mankins out

The New England Patriots are almost completely healthy heading into the Week 11 matchup against the Indianapolis Colts, because the only player who did not practice was star left guard Logan Mankins. He’s expected to be out for a significant chunk of time after suffering an injury on the first series in Week 10, and the Patriots shored up depth at the guard position by picking up former New York Giants guard Mitch Petrus.

The great news here is that Dan Connolly is back at practice, because the Patriots are still going to be two-deep at each guard spot heading into the Colts game. Connolly was injured in the first-half of last week’s game against the Buffalo Bills, and it was unclear if he would be out for a while as well. It’s great to have the solid right guard back, and it means that Donald Thomas and Connolly will make up a solid starting tandem while Mankins is out. Throw in Nick McDonald as the solid, versatile backup, and this offensive line will still be very good.

Mankins’s absence is what makes things bittersweet, however, because he is such a valuable component of this team and is one of the leaders for the Patriots. But it’s still good to see that guys like Tracy White are back at practice, and it’s even better to hear the confirmation that Wes Welker is practicing and will almost certainly be ready to tear up the Colts secondary.

The New England Patriots will have their injury report out later today, so it will be interesting to see if they immediately rule out Logan Mankins.

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