Jerod Mayo, New England Patriots linebacker, is probably done for the NFL season after undergoing surgery for a torn pectoral muscle earlier this weeks, according to online sports wagering experts.
Yahoo! Sports earlier reported Mayo’s condition.
The 2x Pro Bowler was injured in the fourth quarter of New England’s 30-27 win versus the New Orleans Saints on Sunday. Several fans saw Mayo leaving Gillette Stadium with his right arm in a sling.
One of New England’s few defenders in the front seven who plays on all downs, Mayo also had the important job of leading the team’s defensive huddle, getting the play call in from the sideline and relaying it to teammates.
The 27 year-old was a 2010 first-team All-Pro selection who has led the Pats in tackles in each of his first five seasons with the club.
In New England’s base 4-3 defense, Mayo has mostly played the weak side, with Brandon Spikes in the middle and Dont’a Hightower on the strong side. YouWager experts believe rookie Jamie Collins, the team’s’ top draft choice (52nd overall), is a leading candidate to step in for Mayo. Four-year veteran Dane Fletcher, whose primary contributions have come on special teams, is also another strong possibility.
In the mean time, Hightower is the number one choice to lead the huddle on early downs (he did so Sunday after In the mea left with injury), but because he sometimes doesn’t play in sub packages, the team might consider other possibilities for that role.
New England also lost defensive captain Vince Wilfork to a season-ending torn Achilles on Sept. 29. That injury, coupled with Mayo’s, probably means trouble for the team’s much-improved defense.