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On Wednesday morning, moments after Bill Belichick told New York media that he had “nothing new to report” about the injury status of New England Patriots linebacker Jerod Mayo, Patriots beat writer Mike Riess dropped a bombshell that was enough to ruin everyone’s morning cup of coffee. Patriots announce that LB Jerod Mayo has been placed on season-ending injured reserve. DT Andre Neblett re-signed. — Mike Reiss (@MikeReiss) October 16, 2013 The injury is something to do with his pectoral muscle, as Mayo had surgery on it earlier this week. Considering Mayo’s high-tolerance for pain – he missed only three games in 2009 after suffering what could have been a devastating knee injury – Patriots’ fans were hopeful that Mayo may only miss 8 weeks or so and be back in time for a playoff run. While the Patriots have had injuries to key guys before and have come up okay – Rosevelt Colvin in 2003 springs to mind – something about the Mayo injury just seems more ominous. Perhaps part of the reason is that the Patriots are already missing their other defensive captain, Vince Wilfork. It is not as if these two players, Wilfork and Mayo, come from different roles in the defensive scheme either. They are quite literally the center of the defense and the biggest cogs in what has been a fairly stout Patriots’ run-defense over the past few seasons. Just when the defense was turning the corner and perhaps becoming “e” word level, they suffer major injuries to two of their three most indispensable defensive players. The Patriots have always had a “next guy up” policy which is also part of the reason they have sustained success for such a long-time. That responsibility falls on the shoulder of Brandon Spikes and Dont’a Hightower, but neither can replace Jerod Mayo. He is the heart of the defense, its quarterback if you will. He probably knows schemes and packages better than anyone else on the team considering he is one of the few players that plays every snap. Consistently he is the team leader in tackles due to his run stopping ability, but he can also drop into coverage and cover a running-back or tight-end if needed. There are bigger names at middle linebacker in the NFL, but Jerod Mayo might be the leagues best all-around one. That alone makes this a loss that the Patriots can not even hope to mend.
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