The New England Patriots have lost LB Jerod Mayo for the season after he tore a pectoral muscle during Sunday’s win over the New Orleans Saints. He is schedule to have surgery on Tuesday and the team placed him on the injured reserve today.
He will be joining defensive tackle Vince Wilfork on the sideline for the rest of the year. Wilfork tore his Achilles’ tendon earlier in the year. Wilfork and Mayo have seven Pro Bowls between them and the Patriots defense will be hurting without both of those guys running around and making plays.
Mayo was hurt in the 4th quarter on Sunday after he was knocked down trying to bring down Saints RB Darren Sproles. Steve Gregory came over to lay both the players out and injured both Sproles and Mayo on the play. He took out his own teammate for the year.
It is going to be tough to recover from this loss, but the team will make adjustments and Bill Belichick will make sure that they are prepared. Steve Beauharnais is listed as the starter on the depth chart on Patritots.com right now.
The Patriots also had Aqib Talib go down in the game in the 3rd quarter with a hip injury. His injury is not as serious, but they need healthy players.