BOSTON (CBS)  – Patriots linebacker Jerod Mayo underwent surgery on Tuesday and could miss the rest of the regular season, according to a report.

According to Yahoo! Sports’ Les Carpenter, Mayo underwent surgery to repair a torn pectoral muscle he suffered in the fourth quarter of New England’s comeback win over the New Orleans Saints on Sunday.

The injury could leave the Patriots without their Pro Bowl linebacker for the rest of the season, Carpenter reports, citing two sources.

Mayo, who was once again named a team captain prior to this season, leads the team with 35 solo tackles and 55 total tackles this season. He led the team in tackles in each of his five NFL seasons as one of the few defenders to see action on all three downs.

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The loss of Mayo is also big from a pre-snap standpoint, as Mayo was the player in charge of relaying the plays from the sideline to the huddle.

The Patriots lost another defensive captain two weeks ago in nose tackle Vince Wilfork, who is done for the season with a torn Achilles.



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