Patriots Linebacker Diagnosed With MCL Sprain
The New England Patriots are now in a limbo. Bill Belichick and the Patriots (1-0) find themselves in a pickle without their highly touted linebacker, Jerod Mayo, who may be out of action for the next six t0 eight weeks with a sprained in his right medical collateral ligament.
After a 25-24 victory over the Buffalo Bills on Monday night, New England heads to the Meadowlands to face the New York Jets. Without Mayo in the fold, the Pats will have to rely upon two-year man Gary Guyton, an undrafted free agent, who they pick up in 2008. After Mayo’s injury in the first half, Belichick’s defense went to a 4-3 scheme for a majority of the game, featuring a four-man line with three linebackers.
Mike Wright, Ron Brace, Derrick Burgess, Pierre Woods, and Guyton will have to step up without the presence of Mayo in the lineup. Luckily for New England, their quarterback on defense won’t be out for the entire season much like the knee injury that forced Tom Brady to miss all of 2008.