Uncertainty Surrounding Logan Mankins Return

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - JANUARY 31: Logan Mankins #70 of the New England Patriots answers questions from the media during Media Day ahead of Super Bowl XLVI against the New York Giants at Lucas Oil Stadium on January 31, 2012 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

With nearly a month to go until training camp, there is still a lot of uncertainty surrounding the New England Patriots roster. Specifically, injured veteran offensive lineman Logan Mankins. Over the last few days, we've received two conflicting reports regarding the rehabbing Mankins. Let's start with the bleak report:

ESPN.com's James Walker reported this past Monday that "chances are slim" that Mankins will be ready for the season opener, and may not be able to return until early November. Eek. With Matt Light gone too, the last side of this offensive line is really in trouble, right? Well, not exactly. Tom E. Curran to the rescue to save me from banging my head against the wall in panic.

According to the CSN New England insider, injured Patriots guard Logan Mankins is targeting the regular season opener for his return to the football field. Sources tell Curran that Mankins is progressing at an "awesome" pace. That's something awesome to hear, right? Well, don't jump to conclusions just yet.

Whoever is right, one thing seems for certain. Both reporters have been told that Mankins will likely be placed on the PUP list at the start of Training Camp. However, the question that is raised is when will he be taken off? Seems like we'll have to wait a little longer.

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