New England Patriots linebacker Jerod Mayo is done for the season after he suffered a torn right pectoral muscle in the win against the New Orleans Saints on Sunday. What does the injury for the Patriots and how do they plan to move forward?
Obviously, losing Mayo for the year is huge. Not only is he an outstanding linebacker who leads the team in total tackles (55) but also he is a veteran leader and co-captain of the team. It is a devastating loss for New England, a team that has very high hopes this season.
The lighter side of the situation is that New England is not worried about their current predicament. There is no question the players wish Mayo was dealt a different hand, one in which he could still play in 2013. With that being said, the entire team believes there are specific players who are capable of standing up in his absence.
“We have a lot of leadership, I think, on this team, not just the guys that are appointed captains,” left guard Logan Mankins said, according to Patriots.com. “We have a lot of veteran guys that have been around a while that know what’s expected of them and everyone else, and we’ll miss Jerod, but whoever is in that spot is going to do a good job.”
It certainly will not be easy to make up for Mayo’s incredible production on defense. However, linebackers Dont’a Hightower, Brandon Spikes and Steve Beauharnais will have to do the best they can. There will be a transitional period but the team should still have plenty of confidence moving forward.