Patriots linebacker Jerod Mayo has been placed on injured reserve, which means his season is over.
Bill Belichick was matter-of-fact in discussing the loss of Mayo, the team’s leading tackler, a captain and a two-time Pro Bowler.
“He does a lot for us -- on the field, off the field, but we’re just going to have to move on,” said Belichick.
With Mayo and Vince Wilfork done for the season, Shane Vereen on the IR (designated to return), Rob Gronkowski still yet to play, Aaron Hernandez incarcerated, and Danny Amendola, Tommy Kelly and Aqib Talib nursing current injuries, the Patriots as they are now constituted are nothing like the team we expected to see when offseason team-building ended in June.
The Patriots have always been resourceful when cobbling together replacements for injured players. Mayo is the team’s best three-down linebacker so replacing him will likely be accomplished by multiple players.
Dane Fletcher and Jamie Collins will absorb some of his responsibilities; Dont’a Hightower will likely become the on-field leader in terms of aligning the defense and getting the sideline play calls communicated.
But, said Belichick, “Who knows how the wheel's gonna spin and who's gonna be where."
Belichick announced that the Patriots have re-signed defensive tackle Andre Neblett in a corresponding move.