Patriots Lose Leading Tackler Jerod Mayo to Season-Ending Injury

The New England Patriots lost linebacker Jerod Mayo for the rest of the season due to injury, leaving them without a defensive captain who has led the team in tackles since his rookie year in 2008.

The Patriots placed Mayo, 27, on season-ending injured reserve today without disclosing the nature of his injury. The Boston Globe, citing an unidentified person familiar with the situation, reported that Mayo tore a pectoral muscle in the Patriots’ 30-27 win over the New Orleans Saints last weekend.

The loss of Mayo, the 10th pick in the 2008 National Football League draft, leaves the Patriots without both of their defensive captains. Defensive tackle Vince Wilfork, a five-time Pro Bowl selection, was put on injured reserve two weeks ago with a torn Achilles tendon.

Mayo had a team-leading 55 tackles this season for the Patriots, who lead the American Football Conference’s East Division with a 5-1 record. New England visits the division-rival New York Jets (3-3) this week.

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