Tampa Bay Buccaneers left guard Logan Mankins left the team's season opener on Sunday against the Carolina Panthers with a left knee injury. He was listed as questionable to return, but he was eventually ruled out of the game.
Mankins was making his debut with the Buccaneers after a late-offseason trade from the New England Patriots. But his opener with the Bucs didn't last long. He suffered the injury in the second quarter. Mankins’ knee looked like it buckled on the play where he was injured. He eventually made it to the locker room under his own power.
Tampa Bay sent tight end Tim Wright and a fourth-round pick to the Patriots for Mankins in an attempt to bolster its offensive line. Any extended absence would be a big blow to the team's offense.
The Buccaneers ended up losing, 20-14, to the Panthers.