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Jerod Mayo on pectoral: If it was flag football, I’d be fine

Jerod Mayo, Brandon Spikes AP

Patriots linebacker Jerod Mayo is making his way back from surgery to repair a torn pectoral muscle and he said Tuesday that there are still several steps he needs to take before he’ll feel totally comfortable returning to the field.

Mayo said that he’d feel sure about his ability to play “if it was flag football,” but said that he’ll need to pass each set of milestones in the offseason from OTAs to training camp before he’d feel 100 percent about his return.

“I don’t know how it’ll feel when we start going out there doing different things as far as a little bit of contact drills,” Mayo said, via CSN New England. “Even though there’s no pads, you can fall a certain way so I’m just gonna take it one day at a time and see how it goes.”

The Patriots got good work from both Jamie Collins and Dont’a Hightower while Mayol was out of the lineup last year, which will leave them with a strong linebacking corps once Mayo is back to feeling like himself. If Vince Wilfork and Tommy Kelly can also make full returns from their injuries, things will set up well for the New England defense.

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19 Responses to “Jerod Mayo on pectoral: If it was flag football, I’d be fine”
  1. thegreatgabbert says: May 6, 2014 5:59 PM

    That confirms the scouting report on him coming out of college. “If it was flag football, he’d be fine.”.

  2. competitivecompetitioncompeter says: May 6, 2014 6:04 PM

    What does Jamie Collins have to do with Jerod Mayo being out? Don’t let the “_LB” in the title fool you, they play completely different positions.

  3. vfxme says: May 6, 2014 6:09 PM

    I had a pec tear years ago. It took a year to feel better without surgery, and once in awhile I can still feel the effect of it a little. I hope he is ready to go for OTAs and training camp. I do hope the Pats draft a LB in the third or fourth round to sure up depth at the position. Although maybe Beauharnais has a more remarkable season over his negligible rookie one.

  4. vfxme says: May 6, 2014 6:11 PM

    Mayol, huh?

  5. iamdinguskhan says: May 6, 2014 6:35 PM

    Maybe he should play flag football. I’m sure there is some local leagues near him

  6. bstngrdn says: May 6, 2014 6:42 PM

    I don’t see how you think this is a strong linebacking corp if Mayo is questionable after we lost both Spikes and Fletcher. The Patriots need to shore up the linebacking corp through the draft.

  7. dcpatfan says: May 6, 2014 6:55 PM

    Greatest ILB in NFL history.

  8. vikesr4reel says: May 6, 2014 7:13 PM

    Patriots = embarrassment to the USA due to the fact people embrace cheaters and liars

  9. briang123 says: May 6, 2014 7:21 PM

    In 3 or 4 more years, it will be flag football.

  10. dumdolt says: May 6, 2014 7:21 PM

    Yeah… Tommy Kelly… he’s the key to their success

  11. dalcow4 says: May 6, 2014 7:23 PM

    “…making his way back from surgery to repair a torn pectoral muscle.”

    Aka– “Jerod Mayo, questionable, ankle.

  12. pastabelly101 says: May 6, 2014 7:36 PM

    Mayo with one arm would be the best linebacker in the history of the Vikings. and he could raise a pint on the love boat as well- SKOL!!!!!

  13. realnflmaster says: May 6, 2014 7:38 PM

    In three years he’ll be fine then.

  14. that's the best linebacker i've seen since Joe Montana says: May 6, 2014 7:43 PM

    Either of SF’s ILB > Mayo

  15. Lord Oswald Bupkis III says: May 6, 2014 8:03 PM

    Lucky for you, it pretty much is flag football these days.

  16. patriotsdefense says: May 6, 2014 8:07 PM

    Hold the Mayo

  17. flipola says: May 6, 2014 8:22 PM

    So he’s saying he’s about 95%?

  18. pats4ev says: May 6, 2014 9:15 PM

    You losers who post the Pats are cheaters with the injury report wouldn’t last 2 seconds in hockey. The old adage is pick the part of the body furthest from the reported injury. Why would anyone in their right mind report where their player is actually injured?

  19. kev86 says: May 6, 2014 9:29 PM

    What about rough two hand touch?

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