The New England Patriots have already lost defensive standout Vince Wilfork for the rest of the 2013 NFL season after he suffered a torn Achilles a few weeks ago in a road win against the Atlanta Falcons. Now, things could go from bad to worse on the defensive front in New England, as it now appears as if the Patriots have also lost Jerod Mayo for the remainder of this season after the linebacker tore his pectoral during Sunday’s huge comeback win against the New Orleans Saints. Mayo, like Wilfork, is expected to be placed on season ending IR within the coming days.
The Patriots have featured a top five defense throughout the 2013 season, but it will be awfully difficult to maintain that stance without the two most vocal leaders on the defense. Losing Wilfork was bad enough, opening a huge hole in the middle. Having to now also play without Mayo will negatively affect the run and pass defense. As the Patriots prepare to truly enter the meat of their schedule by really getting into divisional play in the AFC East, going ahead without Wilfork and Mayo will present a new challenge to a team already learning how to play with so many new faces on the field at the same time.