Originally written on Foxboro Blog  |  Last updated 10/19/13
Jerod Mayo is done for the season.  How big of a loss is this for the Patriots both in the short-term and the long-term if he ultimately doesn't come back? Raj: Honestly, I can't say anything except for the fact that this really sucks. With Mayo out, both defensive captains (the other being Wilfork) are done for the year. And this comes right when the Patriots defense had become one of the NFL's best this season. Who's gonna step up and make those tackles now? I'm sure the Patriots have it all planned out right now or will have it planned out bySunday...I hope. Jason: Losing Mayo would hurt if Wilfork were on the field. With Big Vince done for the year, losing Mayo is damn near catastrophic. New England's defense has been strong primarily because they've been able to limit opposing running games and intermediae passing routes, and Jerod is a big reason why. Mayo is far and away New England's best linebacker in pass coverage, and there isn't an obvious candidate to fill that ...
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