Two sources have told Yahoo! Sports' Les Carpenter that Patriots linebacker Jerod Mayo underwent surgery Tuesday to repair a torn pectoral muscle and could miss the rest of the season. Mayo suffered the injury during the second half of Sunday's win over the Saints.
In other news regarding Patriots who man the middle of the field, the Patriots have refused to update the status of wide receiver Danny Amendola , who likely suffered a concussion in the game
Mayo leads the Patriots in tackles and has recorded at least 140 tackles in two of the past three years. Losing just him would be one thing, but the Patriots are now sans their middle linebacker and nose tackle Vince Wilfork for the rest of the year. Plus, cornerback Aqib Talib, who was fantastic in his effort to completely shut down Jimmy Graham, has been diagnosed with a strained hip flexor. No matter how great Bill Belichick is at coaching up his players and making something out of nothing, especially on defense, these injuries are going to have a big impact on the Pats. This week, the Patriots face the Jets in what looks like a good matchup for this defense in fantasy. This news puts a bit of a damper on that, but I still think Hoodie will find a way to get a top-10 effort out of what he has. The problems are going to come against better teams with better, more experienced quarterbacks directing better offenses. Without Mayo and Wilfork, opposing running backs could see a lot of success versus New England.
The Patriots aren't saying if Amendola has a concussion, but it looked like he was knocked unconscious from a hit taken in the third quarter. He then staggered to his feet and wobbled off the field with assistance, so I think you can at least assume he has a brain injury. It's yet another setback for a guy who just hasn't been able to stay healthy. The recently signed Austin Collie , who caught a pass late in the Saints game, would see more playing time if Amendola is out, but he's not on the fantasy radar right now.