NEPD Editor: Oliver Thomas
As Yahoo Sports’ Les Carpenter first reported, the New England Patriots will be without captain and two-time Pro Bowl linebacker Jerod Mayo for the foreseeable future. In the fourth quarter of Sunday’s game against the New Orleans Saints, Mayo and teammate Steve Gregory collided on opposite ends of Saints tailback Darren Sproles.
The pass from quarterback Drew Brees fell incomplete. The incompletion, however, also left the six-year pro wincing on the Gillette Stadium turf. And it was later learned that Mayo had suffered a torn right pectoral muscle and underwent surgery Tuesday.
According to Mike Petraglia of WEEI.com, the tear was suspected to sideline the 2008 first-round draft pick for eight weeks at the very least. But with New England having spent its injured reserve-designated to return tag on running back Shane Vereen, Mayo was placed on injured reserve Wednesday. His season is over.
Where do the Patriots go from here? Can the defense find a way to function without the 27-year-old’s 407 defensive snaps, 55 tackles and two sacks through six contests? The answer to those questions is not yet known, but what we do know is how New England reacted in his absence.