Of course, Mankins wants to suit up. However, he won’t jeopardize the rest of the season to play in a game on Monday night, against one of the best teams in the league, with possible postseason seeding on the line.
‘‘When I'm healthy, I'll come back,’’ he said. ‘‘Whether it’s this week, next week, the following week, it’s up to my body when I'm going to play again.’’
Jones, on the other hand, seems ready to roll for his first career Monday night game, and the Patriots lone one this season.
‘‘It’s a primetime game. You know, Monday Night Football, you grew up watching Monday Night Football,’’ he said. ‘‘And for the Patriots to have the opportunity to go out there and showcase our talent on a Monday Night Football game, that’s a great opportunity.’’