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Jerod Mayo returns to practice, listed as questionable

Jerod Mayo, Brandon Spikes, Andre Carter AP

There wasn’t much talk about the Patriots getting linebacker Jerod Mayo back for this weekend’s game against the Cowboys, but things changed on Friday.

Mayo made his return to practice less than two weeks after suffering a sprained MCL against the Raiders. When Mayo was injured, reports were that he would be out “a while” so his return to the practice field was quite a bit faster than expected. Also unexpected was Mayo being listed as questionable on the Patriots’ injury report for Sunday’s game, meaning he’s got a 50/50 chance of being in the lineup.

Ian Rapoport of the Boston Herald doesn’t expect Mayo to play against Dallas and thinks he’ll make his return after the bye in Week Seven. Even if that turns out to be true, missing two games was a pretty good result for Mayo and the Patriots after what looked like a serious injury when it initially happened.

The Patriots also listed running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis as questionable for Sunday with a toe injury. The Law Firm is coming off a strong game against the Jets last week. Tight end Aaron Hernandez and defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth are both questionable as well.

Safety Josh Barrett was ruled out for the game.

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6 Responses to “Jerod Mayo returns to practice, listed as questionable”
  1. vallz5 says: Oct 14, 2011 5:46 PM

    Though the defense is playing pretty horrid football right now, this is man is their quarterback. Without him, they’re only going to be worse. He may not make as many big plays as you’d like but his ability to be all over the field making sure-tackles is second to none. Mayo ALWAYS comes to play.

  2. ampats says: Oct 14, 2011 6:00 PM

    Rest up Mayo.

    See you in Pittsburgh in two weeks

  3. nesuperfan says: Oct 14, 2011 7:05 PM

    @vallz5, the defense is playing horribly as a whole, but it is mostly the passing defense. The run defense has not been anywhere near as bad.

    They only gave up 97 yards last week to Greene and Tomlinson, et al.; and kept McFadden in check the week before.

  4. howley1 says: Oct 14, 2011 9:31 PM

    @vallz5, the defense is playing horribly as a whole, but it is mostly the passing defense. The run defense has not been anywhere near as bad.

    They only gave up 97 yards last week to Greene and Tomlinson, et al.; and kept McFadden in check the week before.

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    That’s not to say that their run D is really that good. 13th in yards, giving up 4.6 yards per rush. For you “yards don’t matter” people, 5 rushing TDs given up, tied for 6th most with the Eagles.

  5. nesuperfan says: Oct 14, 2011 10:30 PM

    @howley1, but they also seem to be getting better against the run, as evidenced by the last two weeks. They held the league’s leading rusher to under 100, and more or less, neutralized him.

  6. CKL says: Oct 15, 2011 2:33 AM

    They’re not great on D to be sure, but let’s see where they are in 5 weeks or so. Right now I’m glad that the offense is putting up enough points and they have decided to get tougher and run the ball the past 2 weeks. Until their D gets better they HAVE to have that run game to help close out games.Usually the Pats get better executions wise as the season goes on, but you never know. Losing coaches’ discretion on padded practices stinks so much. I have to think that BB would have had them in pads a bit more to try to improve their execution especially with the changes in scheme and a bunch of new DL players.

    Mayo, like everyone else on the Pats defense, has been struggling a bit this year but he’s a solid player and a great person in the lockerroom. I don’t want him to rush back like he did in 09.

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