The New England Patriots received their second major blow of the season to their defensive front seven Wednesday, when they announced Jerod Mayo was placed on injured reserve and will miss the remainder of the season, after having surgery Tuesday to repair a torn pectoral muscle.
Mayo suffered the injury in the fourth quarter of Sunday’s game against the New Orleans Saints while attempting to tackle running back Darren Sproles. He got to his knees, but remained down on the field for a few minutes, before walking to the sidelines with team medical staff. Mayo was seen leaving the stadium in a sling.
Mayo is the second key player of the Patriots defense to be placed on IR. Defensive tackle Vince Wilfork was put on injured reserve two weeks ago with a torn Achilles tendon.
Mayo has led the Patriots in tackles thus far in the season with 55, and 1.5 sacks. He also led the team in tackled last season with 147.
The Patriots re-signed defensive tackle Andre Neblett to take Mayo’s spot on the roster. The Patriots will play their next game on Sunday against the New York Jets.