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Mayo has MCL sprain

Christopher Gasper of the Boston Globe, who’s manning the beat now that our friend Mike Reiss has gone to ESPNBoston.com, reports that Patriots linebacker Jerod Mayo suffered a sprained MCL on Monday night against the Bills.

There’s conflicting information as to the degree of the sprain.  Once source told Gasper that it’s a Grade III sprain, requiring 6-8 weeks to heal.  Another source said the timetable is “not that bad,” but the source apparently did not dispute the Grade III diagnosis.

Mayo was the 2008 rookie defensive player of the year, in a near-unanimous vote.  (One of the 50 voters picked Bengals linebacker Keith Rivers, who missed much of the season after having an unfortunate meeting with the crown of Hines Ward’s helmet.  The writer in question later acknowledged his blunder.)

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19 Responses to “Mayo has MCL sprain”
  1. sim448 says: Sep 15, 2009 9:54 PM

    florio, i swear, i just predicted that prognosis in a comment on another post. i watch to much football if i am starting to diagnose injuries.

  2. Alpheratz says: Sep 15, 2009 9:54 PM

    Let it heal, then wait another week before putting him back in.
    He’s needed for the future more so than this season.

  3. hayward giablommi says: Sep 15, 2009 9:54 PM

    Junior Seau, keep your phone nearby.

  4. BrianPiccolo says: Sep 15, 2009 9:55 PM

    This is what the Patriots get for trying to play a linebacker under the age of 34.

  5. kravon says: Sep 15, 2009 10:38 PM

    Significant loss for an already average Pats D.

  6. Kiss Bills Rings says: Sep 16, 2009 12:19 AM

    Time for Junior or Teddy to come back, just up till the bye week…..

  7. this class sucks says: Sep 16, 2009 1:51 AM

    This is certainly not good for the Pats, the defense was having a lot of trouble stopping Fred Jackson, and they have Thomas Jones, and Leon Washington coming to town. A. Thomas (Pats LB) is awful in space, and Wilfork is looking slow with out the presence of Seymore to help open some rushing lanes and take away a double team. They were having trouble getting pressure on the rookie Bills line. Its going to be a tough season for the Pats if they don’t get things together.

  8. 8man says: Sep 16, 2009 6:51 AM

    Yep. The Pat’s defense was questionable with him. This is a big loss. However, there are a lot of new parts and the defense could get better as the season progresses. Here’s hoping it does.
    It will need to.

  9. PFTiswhatitis says: Sep 16, 2009 8:26 AM

    “this class sucks says:
    September 16, 2009 1:51 AM
    This is certainly not good for the Pats, the defense was having a lot of trouble stopping Fred Jackson, and they have Thomas Jones, and Leon Washington coming to town. A. Thomas (Pats LB) is awful in space, and Wilfork is looking slow with out the presence of Seymore to help open some rushing lanes and take away a double team. They were having trouble getting pressure on the rookie Bills line. Its going to be a tough season for the Pats if they don’t get things together. ”
    Do you even watch football? Wilfork was looking slow? I dont know what you are watching but the Pats strategy was to keep the two Bills receivers in check which they did. Of course that is going to open up the running game a bit. D’oh. It was the enemic slow starting and mistake ridden Offense that even allowed the Bills in the game. They even missed an easy FG.
    Barring further injury, expect the Pats D to improve greatly as the season progresses.

  10. penguininbondage says: Sep 16, 2009 8:54 AM

    The radio pundits up here in Mass. are worried. One even suggested bringing back stroke boy.
    That’s Bruschi to those that only know the sport theu thier fantasy football mag.

  11. footballnut says: Sep 16, 2009 9:03 AM

    Hayward…the last thing we need in the LB core is a 55 year old LB.
    I’d rather keep Guyton in there as he was improving by game’s end. I’d rather have Bruschi in there before Seau. We need someone who can play more than a few snaps a game.
    Minkovich/Alexander will be getting more time, but the Pats are one of the few teams that can coach a player up. I don’t see Mayo being out that long though. He’ll be back for the Titans game.

  12. footballnut says: Sep 16, 2009 9:10 AM

    The radio pundits here in Mass are always worried…I remember 03 very vividly after the Bills whitewashed Brady and Co. and the nerd boys saying the defense was too soft without Milloy.
    Massarotti is a little nerd who only knows baseball to begin with; even Felger knows this team always finds a way to get it done.
    But there is no denying that losing Mayo for a month or so is going to slow the momentum for this D to get better and gel. I just don’t see doomsday like Maz does. The Jets can certainly make it a long day for the Pats D and it’s going to be a close one in the Meadowlands.
    Question for some of you, when was the last time the Jets beat the Pats in NY? I’m not being an ass, but it does seem like it’s been a while. But yet, they’ve beaten the Pats up here more often, weird…

  13. hayward giablommi says: Sep 16, 2009 9:11 AM

    “The radio pundits up here in Mass. are worried. One even suggested bringing back stroke boy.”
    ^^^^^^
    First, the radio “pundits” in Boston are the biggest collection of self rightous hacks anywhere.
    Second, “stroke boy”? Not cool, bro.

  14. Flying elvis says: Sep 16, 2009 9:13 AM

    It does change the fact that Sanchezct will be getting… dirty sunday.

  15. I didn't hear no bell. says: Sep 16, 2009 9:45 AM

    I love the “Patriots D sucked” comments.
    1. They played the no huddle the ENTIRE GAME. Hardly any substitutions so of course the D-line will tire.
    2. Evans and Owens were non-existant.
    3. Minus the pick 6 +1, the defense allowed 17 points.
    4. Wilfork was robbed of 2 points with that BS “low hit” call.
    5. Thomas was robbed of a sack and drive ending tackle with that BS “roughing the passer” call.

  16. Flying elvis says: Sep 16, 2009 10:11 AM

    The Thomas call was correct call. He slamed him. But, the way it is going, they should just give the QB flags on his hips and if you get a flag it’s a sack.

  17. Ken1313 says: Sep 16, 2009 11:23 AM

    Apparently…..slow…in Wilfork’s case means running down Fred Jackson from behind and flattening him like a pancake. Yep…..I wish I was that slow……. people really need to put their hatred of the Patriots aside or at least make intelligent comments…..not fly off the handle and make crap up just to TRY andmake themselves look intelligent (it’s not working)

  18. kravon says: Sep 16, 2009 11:29 AM

    I love the “Patriots D sucked” comments.
    1. They played the no huddle the ENTIRE GAME. Hardly any substitutions so of course the D-line will tire.
    2. Evans and Owens were non-existant.
    3. Minus the pick 6 +1, the defense allowed 17 points.
    4. Wilfork was robbed of 2 points with that BS “low hit” call.
    5. Thomas was robbed of a sack and drive ending tackle with that BS “roughing the passer” call.
    ————————————————–
    The Bills first team offense went scoreless in the pre-season.

  19. LovinBlue says: Sep 16, 2009 11:47 AM

    @Flying elvis: “way it is going, they should just give the QB flags on his hips and if you get a flag it’s a sack”
    We already have that – it’s called the Brady Rule.

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