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Patriots' Jerod Mayo Is Out For The Year

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Photo by Barry Chin/The Boston Globe via Getty Images,
Photo by Barry Chin/The Boston Globe via Getty Images,

Any optimism from the New England Patriots’ victory over the New Orleans Saints will be short-lived after it was revealed that LB Jerod Mayo had surgery to repair a torn pectoral muscle on Tuesday, according to Les Carpenter of Yahoo! Sports.

Mayo was injured in the fourth quarter of the Patriots’ game against the Saints on Sunday when he crashed into RB Darren Sproles, and he was seen wearing a sling on his arm following the game. However, the extent of the injury was unknown at the time, and no one foresaw such a devastating injury.

The Patriots lost NT Vince Wilfork for the year just a few weeks ago after he tore his Achilles tendon, and they’re going to have a difficult time slowing opponents down now that they’re best linebacker is set to join Wilfork on injured reserve. Mike Reiss of ESPN confirmed the news today.

The two-time Pro Bowl linebacker is one of the leaders on defense, and he plays a pivotal role for the team. Mayo is leading the team in tackles this year, and their run defense is undoubtedly going to suffer without him to plug in any gaps.

"A guy like Mayo is a great leader and a great teammate," said Patriots DE Rob Ninkovich. "We all work together, and it's a team defense here. If guys like myself have to have more of a leadership role and do a little more, that's all right with me."