According to a Yahoo! Sports report from Les Carpenter, the New England Patriots may be without linebacker Jerod Mayo, their defensive captain, for the remainder of the season. Mayo, according to the report, had surgery today to repair a torn pectoral muscle, which he injured in the team's come from behind victory over the New Orleans Saints on Sunday. He was seen with his arm in a sling after the game, though no word of his injury was provided at the time.
Mayo, who leads the team with 55 tackles this season, now joins Vince Wilfork on the sidelines for the Patriots. Wilfork tore his Achilles tendon two weeks ago.
According to SB Nation's Pats Pulpit, the injury could have Mayo back as early as eight weeks, but that is an unlikely circumstance.
The Miami Dolphins face the Patriots in the first of the two annual meetings between the AFC East rivals in two weeks in Foxboro. The second half of the home-and-home series in December 15 in Miami.
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