Just as the New England Patriots were getting use to life without defensive captain Vince Wilfork, the defense has taken another blow with the loss of another defensive captain. As Boston.com reports on October 16, the Patriots have placed the ever-reliable Jerod Mayo on injured reserve.
The 27-year-old Mayo tore his pectoral muscle in Sunday’s thrilling victory of the New Orleans Saints. As the leading tackler for the Patriots, Mayo has played close to 100 percent of the team’s defensive snaps and most importantly, Mayo is a leader on the field.
In six seasons with the Patriots, Mayo has recorded more than 100 tackles in each of the last five seasons and his loss will hard to fill, but the team will have other players who will need to step up. Head coach Bill Belichick knows the team will have to find a way to fill Mayo’s shoes.
“I think I’ve been on the record many times talking about Jerod. He does a lot for us on the field, off the field. But we’re just going to have to move on.”
The team will turn to rookie linebacker Jamie Collins and also veteran linebacker Dane Fletcher to help fill the void left by Jerod Mayo.