As many have noted in the days following the Patriots thrilling win over the Saints, this victory may have come at a serious cost. Aqib Talib, Dan Connolly, Jerod Mayo and Danny Amendola all fell victim to injury, and the first official word that we have received on one of these players is not good.
Les Carpenter of Yahoo Sports has reported that linebacker Jerod Mayo has undergone surgery to fix a torn pectoral muscle, which he suffered on Sunday. This would be a terrible break for the Patriots defense, as aside from Vince Wilfork (who is already gone) and maybe Aqib Talib, I think Mayo is the most important guy on that unit. He is the one linebacker they have that has decent coverage skills, and yet his run defense doesn’t suffer one bit.
I sincerely hope that Mayo is not gone for the year. The Patriots defense has been playing so well through the first six games of the season, and while the loss of Mayo wouldn’t completely demoralize this group, it certainly will take a lot of gas out of them.
Carpenter noted that torn pectoral muscles more often than not will end a player’s season, citing Brian Orakpo of the Redskins, and D.J. Williams of the Bears as examples.