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Jerod Mayo placed on injured reserve

FOXBORO, MA - DECEMBER 20:  Alan Branch #97 and Jerod Mayo #51 of the New England Patriots look on prior to the snap against the Tennessee Titans at Gillette Stadium on December 20, 2015 in Foxboro, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images) Getty Images

The Patriots came out of last Saturday’s victory over the Chiefs with several injuries on the defensive side of the ball to keep an eye on as they moved on to preparations for the AFC championship game.

They won’t have to keep an eye on linebacker Jerod Mayo any longer because he won’t be playing this weekend. Mayo has been placed on injured reserve because of the shoulder injury he suffered last weekend and will not play against Denver or in the Super Bowl should the Patriots advance to Santa Clara.

It’s the third straight year that ends with Mayo on injured reserve, although he made it much deeper into the year than he did in the previous two seasons. Mayo played in all 17 games for the Patriots this year, albeit in a less prominent role than he played in previous seasons. That may signal an end to Mayo’s time with the team as the Pats hold a team option in each of the next two seasons.

Jamie Collins also left the game against the Chiefs with an injury and the condition of his back will take on even more importance with Mayo out of the picture as a replacement.

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  1. harrisonhits2 says: Jan 19, 2016 5:05 PM

    That’s a shame he was playing very well towards the end of the season

  2. mannyiac says: Jan 19, 2016 5:06 PM

    That sucks,but it’s next man up time.

  3. key2heat says: Jan 19, 2016 5:07 PM

    Put on IR to avoid random HGH test that was requested.

  4. kissbillsrings says: Jan 19, 2016 5:07 PM

    But Wait…. I thought BB was lying…..falsifying his injury reports….
    Yet another key player out for the Pats…. Holy cow…. Next man up I guess…..

    Mayo will be released this off season…. No way he stays at his current salary

  5. YouCryin?PatsMustBeDoingTheirJob says: Jan 19, 2016 5:07 PM

    Tough break. Mayo has visibly been affected by his many injuries. Good player, good guy. Good luck on your future.

  6. weepingjebus says: Jan 19, 2016 5:08 PM

    Darn it. Time to Butler some hidden gem off the practice squad. Who wants to become immortal?

  7. manningcheats says: Jan 19, 2016 5:09 PM

    Mayo is merely a situational player at this point, so not a tremendous loss. He does deplete their depth, however.

  8. thun5der says: Jan 19, 2016 5:10 PM

    feel bad for Mayo,, good guy. But this yr he was Patriots 4th linebacker, not a big deal going forward. Already reported that Collins just has a strained oblique, he will be good to go Sunday, with Hightower. Chandler Jones is the only other question mark at this point, but Sheard could easily replace him, with Grissom

  9. plum54 says: Jan 19, 2016 5:12 PM

    Key2 heat: the article is about Mayo NOT HGH Manning!!

  10. oddte says: Jan 19, 2016 5:13 PM

    Sad to see it happen, it won’t be a huge loss, he had 1 sack this year.

  11. smasonsmith says: Jan 19, 2016 5:20 PM

    He was playing behind Collins, Hightower, and Freeny for much of the season, but might have passed Freeny as of late.

    Not good, but probably not a huge deal unless one of the others LBs gets hurt, or NE decides to play a lot of downs in a base D. The former could happen, but the latter probably won’t unless the Broncos come out with a lot of 12, 21, or 22 personnel packages. That hasn’t really looked to be their MO this year, but who knows what will happen?

  12. chesswhileyouplaycheckers says: Jan 19, 2016 5:22 PM

    Damn shame. He may not be the player he was but his football IQ helped make up for the deterioration of his physical gifts. No one on that D understood it better and he didn’t shirk from helping Hightower come along in that D even at his own expense. He has always been a class act. Sadly we have probably seen the last of him in a Pats uni. Thank you Jerod.

  13. harrisonhits2 says: Jan 19, 2016 5:24 PM

    “Put on IR to avoid random HGH test that was requested.”

    People like you who make up lies are disgusting.

    You do realize that if they were going to do an HGH test and had selected Mayo it doesn’t matter if you’re on IR or not and they still do the test, right ?

    Keep up with the lies though. All you’re doing is discrediting any other comment you make as valueless.

  14. pats74 says: Jan 19, 2016 5:24 PM

    Too bad, he seemed to have come some of the way back after looking like he had a piano on his back earlier this season. Great guy, consummate Patriot, hopefully he can recover and come back next year on the right contract.

    In the meantime, I believe Jonathan Freeny would take his place assuming he’s recovered himself (hopefully Collins will be able to play) and I think he can bring most of what Mayo brought just fine, so maybe not that big of a loss.

  15. patfanken says: Jan 19, 2016 5:26 PM

    Slightly bigger loss than most will make of it. While his playing ability declined while he was coming off of patella tendon surgery, he still is a leader on the team and a man who knows the defense as well as the coaches.

    There is no doubt that if he wants to be with the Pats next season he is going to either drastically reduce his cap number, or be a coach.

    IIRC, he was the 10th pick in the first round. The highest pick by far for the Pats since the 2001 draft. He was a consistently good player, and a multi-time pro bowler, who has fell to injuries in each of the last 3 years.

    If his Pats career ends here, it was a great one, and it was a pleasure to watch him

  16. 12coltsfan12 says: Jan 19, 2016 5:29 PM

    ya but the pats won’t be raising an AFC SOUTH FINALIST banner any time soon now…WILL THEY SUCKERS!!!!!

    COLTS RULE!

  17. mattcro0172 says: Jan 19, 2016 5:31 PM

    Great guy, but no longer much of a player. Seeing him whiff on that should be Smith sack was horrible.!

  18. redrew says: Jan 19, 2016 5:32 PM

    One less pair of knees for the Broncos to target….dirtiest team in the NFL

  19. plum54 says: Jan 19, 2016 5:35 PM

    Just read on WEEI’s website that Denver will not sell tickets to the game to anyone outside of the Denver area! Scared too many Pat fans will show up I guess! That’s pathetic!

  20. getakluwe says: Jan 19, 2016 5:39 PM

    What’s bad for the Patriots is good for the game of football.

  21. smasonsmith says: Jan 19, 2016 5:41 PM

    Slightly bigger loss than most will make of it. While his playing ability declined while he was coming off of patella tendon surgery, he still is a leader on the team and a man who knows the defense as well as the coaches.
    ===
    I don’t mean to diminish his leadership, but a 3rd linebacker greatest contribution these days is depth. There aren’t that many teams that are running multiple TE or a FB out there any more. While he knows the D, he hasn’t worn the dot (except on a fill-in basis) in a few years now. It’s hard to be a coach/leader in the huddle if the the personnel package keeps you out of the huddle.

    He was fun to watch when he was healthy, though. That’s for sure.

  22. Patch24680 says: Jan 19, 2016 5:42 PM

    Hold the Mayo!

    Sorry I couldn’t help myself!

    I hope he gets better soon….hate to see anyone injured…….

  23. ricko1112 says: Jan 19, 2016 5:43 PM

    redrew says:
    Jan 19, 2016 5:32 PM
    One less pair of knees for the Broncos to target….dirtiest team in the NFL
    ___________________________
    Damn! You beat me to it!

    2 fraudulent SB wins due to millions of $$$ paid under the table to Elway (whose mouth is ALWAYS open) and Davis way above and beyond the salary cap.

    A long history of targeting knees way back to Shanahan’s coaching days.

    Uniforms slathered in Vaseline.

    Now Hochuli has been named as the ref! Broncos are 7-0 in the last 7 Hochuli games, while NE is 3-4.

    The fix is on!

  24. ReligionIsForIdiots says: Jan 19, 2016 5:50 PM

    Too embarrassed to be apart of the beat down that they’ll receive in Denver.

  25. scw1993 says: Jan 19, 2016 5:51 PM

    plum54 says:
    Jan 19, 2016 5:35 PM
    Just read on WEEI’s website that Denver will not sell tickets to the game to anyone outside of the Denver area! Scared too many Pat fans will show up I guess! That’s pathetic!

    ==========================

    That’s pitiful. One season, the denver taverns banned “chowder” and Sam Adams beer. I’m already reading excuses from donkey fans…and it’s only Tuesday. When you have the G.O.A.T., C.O.A.T. and the best organization in sports, there’s always so much jealousy. Their front office is full of drunks, and google Elway’s son….a serial domestic abuser.

  26. harrisonhits2 says: Jan 19, 2016 5:52 PM

    “Just read on WEEI’s website that Denver will not sell tickets to the game to anyone outside of the Denver area! Scared too many Pat fans will show up I guess! That’s pathetic!”

    This has happened a few times the last several years with different teams.

    Outside of the fact that its a very cowardly thing to do, all it means is Pats fans have to buy tickets from the agencies who will mark them up to 4, 5, 6, 10 times face value and sell to anyone.

  27. patsfiend says: Jan 19, 2016 5:52 PM

    Dammit! Jerod’s time in NE, barring a huge pay cut, has ended. Nice run, Mayo.

  28. 12444uggg says: Jan 19, 2016 6:05 PM

    speaking of making one’s own comments invalid. 12coltsfan12… good lord, how desperate are you pats fans to troll?

    notice all of the colts fans here talking about Karma?

    Go Broncos.

  29. chesswhileyouplaycheckers says: Jan 19, 2016 6:08 PM

    ReligionIsForIdiots says:
    Jan 19, 2016 5:50 PM
    Too embarrassed to be apart of the beat down that they’ll receive in Denver.
    —————————–

    When this prediction goes the way of the pious one’s Chiefs prediction sadly the scales still will not fall from his eyes. It’s been a year since your legion of bust got smoked in the 4th quarter and lost. Now that the Panthers have kicked them to the curb you are going to have to split the venom between two teams, we have every faith you will have no trouble producing enough

  30. it's all bs says: Jan 19, 2016 6:11 PM

    “Just read on WEEI’s website that Denver will not sell tickets to the game to anyone outside of the Denver area! Scared too many Pat fans will show up I guess! That’s pathetic!”

    they try that same crap when my steelers are in town….I have nothing but respect for the Bronco’s but that is ridiculous in my opinion and oh the Ravens try that stuff as well BUT with the Ravens we expect nothing but nonsense from them anyway.

  31. TheWizard says: Jan 19, 2016 6:20 PM

    He was playing 8 or 10 snaps a game. I like Jerod, but big picture this is no big deal.

  32. BroncosCheatedTheSalaryCap says: Jan 19, 2016 6:24 PM

    Looks like somebody could use little Pey Pey’s HGH. Oh wait, I’m sorry…I mean Pey Pey’s pregnant wife’s HGH (rolls eyes). Sorry kids, truth hurts.

  33. rutledge3197 says: Jan 19, 2016 6:26 PM

    Boo hoo

  34. worldizending says: Jan 19, 2016 6:27 PM

    key2heat says:
    Jan 19, 2016 5:07 PM
    Put on IR to avoid random HGH test that was requested.
    ——————————————————-
    the NFL does not test for HGH. But what would you know?

  35. bigbamboom1 says: Jan 19, 2016 6:48 PM

    Was potentially a great player with a ton of talent and potential. But alas; like Aaron Dobson, he’s made out of glass. He can’t hold up to NFL contact. I think both he and Dobson are finished in NE due to overall unavailability when it always matters most.

  36. johnnycantread says: Jan 19, 2016 7:06 PM

    A slight change in the menu…

    The Patriots hero sandwich:

    A lot of bologna, hold the Mayo.

  37. chesswhileyouplaycheckers says: Jan 19, 2016 7:06 PM

    rutledge3197 says:
    Jan 19, 2016 6:26 PM

    Boo hoo
    ————————-

    Always classy. So horrified Brady will supplant Montana that you need to dis one of the good guys, sad

    worldizending says:
    Jan 19, 2016 6:27 PM
    the NFL does not test for HGH. But what would you know?
    ————————
    Testing began in October of 2014 although it is a relatively weak process and unlikely to catch anyone

  38. dingusgenius says: Jan 19, 2016 7:09 PM

    “Put on IR to avoid random HGH test that was requested”

    You people just never stop melting down do you?

    A patriots parking lot attendant could get a DUI and you morons would be in here crying. LOL

  39. dingusgenius says: Jan 19, 2016 7:14 PM

    “speaking of making one’s own comments invalid. 12coltsfan12… good lord, how desperate are you pats fans to troll?

    notice all of the colts fans here talking about Karma?

    Go Broncos.”

    When the Broncos start drawing hundreds of comments from trolls across the league in every article where one of their players fart, get back to us.

  40. pastabelly says: Jan 19, 2016 7:16 PM

    I thought Mayo would be a cap casualty this year. I think they will part ways with him. They need to get long term deals with Collins and Hightower. Mayo had some very good seasons. All of the tough internet guys are calling him soft. That’s laughable. Mayo was a tough guy who just got hurt. It happens. He’s not soft.

  41. chesswhileyouplaycheckers says: Jan 19, 2016 7:19 PM

    bigbamboom1 says:
    Jan 19, 2016 6:48 PM
    Was potentially a great player with a ton of talent and potential. But alas; like Aaron Dobson, he’s made out of glass. He can’t hold up to NFL contact. I think both he and Dobson are finished in NE due to overall unavailability when it always matters most.
    ———————–

    Guy had 2 injury plagued years when he played in 6 games each due to a torn pec and then a torn patella tendon. Other than those he never played less than 13 and played in 16 in four seasons including this one while coming back from that patella tendon. He’s had his share of getting banged up but has also been an All Pro. Comparing him to hang nail drops-a-lot Dobson is thin brew

  42. solo681 says: Jan 19, 2016 7:24 PM

    This will actually help the Patriots D as Mayo never fully recovered from his injury last year.

    Opens up a roster spot. Hopefully they fill it with the right person.

  43. 12444uggg says: Jan 19, 2016 7:28 PM

    “When the Broncos start drawing hundreds of comments from trolls across the league in every article where one of their players fart, get back to us”

    When?

    And to whom?

    Never mind.

  44. solo681 says: Jan 19, 2016 7:29 PM

    Have you noticed that most of the talk on ESPN, NFL Network and other Sports Talk is about “How can the Broncos beat the PATRIOTS” as opposed to “How can the Patriots D stop Manning”.

    As a matter of FACT, I have not heard one comment about how to stop Manning but they are talking about how the Patriots need to stop the Broncos Run Game.

  45. patsfreak420 says: Jan 19, 2016 7:34 PM

    Mayo played 5 solid pro bowl caliber years before the injury bug hit. He is now on the wrong side of 30. Sadly he will most likely be someplace else next year. #truepatriot

  46. rutledge3197 says: Jan 19, 2016 7:36 PM

    Chess/checkers tool :::
    Montana is not my boy
    I’m not a 49er fan
    I just put up facts you don’t like
    Your boy is on his way to a 10th AFC title and for as great as all you fans make him out to be ( after having Moss / Welker & and these record breaking seasons) if NE wins he will still have only one more win than two other QB’s that won 4 titles in a shorter amount of time… See that is a fact and just don’t like it

  47. plum54 says: Jan 19, 2016 7:38 PM

    CBS had an article yesterday regarding the fact that Tom Brady with 3 TD’s had more TD’s in Denver this season than HGH Manning. HGH only had ONE. So yes, more of a concern is the running game.

  48. skinnylegspeytonmanning says: Jan 19, 2016 7:39 PM

    BREAKING NEWS: Brady is flying in his BFF man bro Trump for the game. Trump will be given complete use of Kraft’s suite. A Secret Service detail will shadow Trump and Brady throughout the weekend. Gosh!

  49. wkdblc52 says: Jan 19, 2016 7:45 PM

    I don’t feel sorry for this cheatin’ team ! EVERY team has injuries, why should be any different ! Would love to know how Belicheat got his shiner last weekend ! Jealous husband maybe ? I’m not a Broncos fan but I hope they make Brady cry all day Sunday

  50. dingusgenius says: Jan 19, 2016 7:53 PM

    “BREAKING NEWS: Brady is flying in his BFF man bro Trump for the game. Trump will be given complete use of Kraft’s suite. A Secret Service detail will shadow Trump and Brady throughout the weekend. Gosh!”

    Obviously. Brady will be Trump’s VP and then he’ll be el presidente in 2024. The melt downs will break the Internet.

  51. dingusgenius says: Jan 19, 2016 7:54 PM

    “I don’t feel sorry for this cheatin’ team ! EVERY team has injuries, why should be any different ! Would love to know how Belicheat got his shiner last weekend ! Jealous husband maybe ? I’m not a Broncos fan but I hope they make Brady cry all day Sunday”

    Do you get this emotional every time PFT reports an injury?

  52. 6ball says: Jan 19, 2016 7:56 PM

    .
    It’s getting difficult for Patriots fans. Do we enjoy the fact that the team has averaged over 12 wins per season since 2001? Or, do we enjoy the crying, whining Goodellbots who root for impotent teams and trash Tom Brady. Like I said, it’s difficult.
    .

  53. the8man says: Jan 19, 2016 7:56 PM

    Why is it every time the Patriots get to the AFC championship game, they’ve a got a bunch guys banged up or out and there is a horse in the way!

    Hey rutledge3197 so what you are saying is that at a minimum, Brady is third best in the Super Bowl era and the absolute best during the salary cap era?

  54. hahaicansezbelicheat says: Jan 19, 2016 8:22 PM

    More sad for him than from the team’s standpoint. He’s 4th on the depth chart and, honestly, even Flemming looked to add more in that game against KC. Mayo’s injuries really caught up to him this season, it was evident. He’s lost too much speed. Great leader, it will be sad to see him go next season. Maybe he’ll retire and stay on as a coach.

  55. chesswhileyouplaycheckers says: Jan 19, 2016 8:42 PM

    rutledge3197 says:
    Jan 19, 2016 6:26 PM

    Boo hoo
    chesswhileyouplaycheckers says:
    Jan 19, 2016 7:06 PM
    Always classy. So horrified Brady will supplant Montana that you need to dis one of the good guys, sad

    rutledge3197 says:
    Jan 19, 2016 7:36 PM
    Chess/checkers tool :::
    ————————–
    Mock an injury to a good guy, get called on it and resort to internet name calling. smh

  56. Blindsquirrelsfindnuts says: Jan 19, 2016 8:43 PM

    rutledge3197 says:
    Jan 19, 2016 7:36 PM
    Chess/checkers tool :::
    Montana is not my boy
    I’m not a 49er fan
    I just put up facts you don’t like
    Your boy is on his way to a 10th AFC title and for as great as all you fans make him out to be ( after having Moss / Welker & and these record breaking seasons) if NE wins he will still have only one more win than two other QB’s that won 4 titles in a shorter amount of time… See that is a fact and just don’t like it

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    Report comment

    ——————–

    Actually it’s not a fact. Montana played 16 seasons Brady has played 15 and missed an entire season with an ACL

  57. descendency says: Jan 19, 2016 8:48 PM

    He’s no longer an impact player at LB. He’s solid depth. This is a bigger deal if NE wins in Denver, because Carolina and Arizona can and probably will play a lot of 12, 22, and 21 formations. Maybe even a crazy 23 (heavy/jumbo).

    I really liked him because he was a no nonsense, show up to work, do his job (and do it well) kinda guy. Very talented. The injuries just sapped him of his athleticism.

    In the off season, he will likely be released because his contract is too rich for his production (and they need to pay hightower, collins, and jones).

  58. brett9990 says: Jan 19, 2016 9:06 PM

    Feel bad for Jerod – just as he was coming into his prime the injuries completely derailed his career. He certainly won’t be back with the Patriots next year given his cap hit, but hoping he catches on somewhere else with great success.

  59. thereyougo2 says: Jan 19, 2016 9:30 PM

    So reading these comments from NE and horse fans I’m declaring the NE fans the winner and predict a easy victory for the visitors even if it snows. Those NE boys can play in the slop and Manning is done. Above average horse defense makes the betting line closer than it should be. Another boring NE win.

  60. seahawkfanfrom1970s says: Jan 19, 2016 10:50 PM

    Mayo was great in “An Officer and a Gentleman.” He’s had a long career, he deserves his rest.

  61. tbisgod says: Jan 19, 2016 10:52 PM

    The Pats don’t sell tickets outside their fanbase either. The WEEI story is not much of a story. Try getting a NE ticket when you’re out of town. Not happening. Wish we were home for this one, hate playing in Denver.

  62. BigGuyForYou says: Jan 20, 2016 2:46 AM

    The mile high special. One Patriot loss, side of Gronk knees and Brady tears hold the Mayo.

  63. gizzmonic says: Jan 20, 2016 8:04 AM

    what are Mannings numbers in Denver VS Tebows?

  64. rootpain says: Jan 20, 2016 8:13 AM

    Thanks for the effort Mayo. And good luck to you for whatever comes next.

  65. ninkanpoopblog says: Jan 20, 2016 9:35 AM

    Let me say this Brady has proven he is the best ever he may even beat Denver but injuries and Denver’s defense probably will do the pats in both teams have to play mistake free it could be one big fumble that loses the game you people amaze me you root for your team to get to this game then its excuses crying bashing etc enjoy the damn game

  66. smasonsmith says: Jan 20, 2016 3:36 PM

    Your boy is on his way to a 10th AFC title and for as great as all you fans make him out to be ( after having Moss / Welker & and these record breaking seasons) if NE wins he will still have only one more win than two other QB’s that won 4 titles in a shorter amount of time… See that is a fact and just don’t like it
    ===
    Longevity is bad?

    Ok, then…

  67. smasonsmith says: Jan 20, 2016 3:42 PM

    He’s no longer an impact player at LB. He’s solid depth. This is a bigger deal if NE wins in Denver, because Carolina and Arizona can and probably will play a lot of 12, 22, and 21 formations. Maybe even a crazy 23 (heavy/jumbo).
    ===
    CAR, definitely might, and I’ll admit that I haven’t watched much ARI.

    Just to spitball though: if NE and CAR win, I could see BB playing three tackles on run-obvious downs with a 5-2 front. One end rushes, and the other drops.

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