New England Patriots linebacker down a key for the rest of the postseason will be. Saturday's win over the Kansas City Chiefs suffered a shoulder injury, but did not return Jerod Mayo, who will be placed on season-ending injured reserve, the team announced Tuesday.
Mayo eight, starting all 16 games in regular season play. He Jamie Collins and Dont'a Hightower was the No. 3 linebacker, but the emergence of Jonathan Freeny fell to fourth on the depth chart, thanks. Mayo before suffering a shoulder injury in a divisional-round did not cope.
The injury to his contract situation is particularly interesting. The second most on the team - the team for next season if he exercises his option will have a cap hit $ 11.4 million. Patriot healthy going forward, but there is no doubt would have, but he has not played yet this agreement.
Patriots for next season if you do not select those options, he can sign with another team. He should create some interest, but the injury may play a role in that.