The New England Patriots placed former Tennessee Volunteers linebacker Jerod Mayo on Injured Reserve on Wednesday, ending his 2013 season.
Mayo tore his right pectoral muscle against the Saints in week six and will require surgery.
The two-time pro-bowler has 35 tackles on the season, to go along with 1.5 sacks.
Mayo has led the Patriots in tackles for five straight years, as well as being the defensive play-caller.
His absence will definitely be felt on a defense that’s already struggling at times.
Jamie Collins, a rookie from Southern Mississippi that the Patriots drafted in the second round, will take over for Mayo.
I’m sure Collins will be capable replacement for Mayo, but the drop-off will be a major one. Mayo’s been one of the best linebackers in the NFL the past few seasons.
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