Mayo decided to retire from the NFL after eight seasons Tuesday.
During his initial campaigns with the Patriots, Mayo was a play-making force, racking up 100-plus tackles in four of five seasons. The run included a whopping 175 tackles in 2010, while he forced at least one fumble each year. However, injuries have plagued the linebacker in the interim, with a pair of torn pectorals (2013 and 2015) and a torn patellar tendon (2014) marking a sudden end to the respective seasons. As he moves onto the post-football phase of his career, the Patriots will be in search of a consistent MLB.
Mayo (pectoral) is unlikely to be back with the Patriots in 2016, CSN New England reports.
There's no chance Mayo will return under the terms of his current contract, but it wouldn't be all that surprising if he were to accept a pay cut to stay with the only team he's ever known. Either way, his days as a useful IDP are likely over, with the Patriots only viewing him as a two-down linebacker at this stage in his carer. Mayo also faces the challenge of recovering from a torn pectoral that he suffered during the playoffs.
Mayo underwent a procedure Wednesday to repair a torn pectoral, Dan Roche of WBZ AM Boston reports.
For the second time in a three-year span, Mayo required surgery on a pectoral, which is yet another in a line of injury concerns for the eight-year pro. No matter, the middle linebacker logged a full regular season slate for the first time since 2012, accruing 47 tackles (35 solo) and one sack. Assuming he recovers fully, he'll likely serve in a situational role again next season after logging 36 percent of the defensive snaps in 2015.
Mayo (shoulder) will be placed on season-ending injured reserve, NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports.
Even though Mayo worked in a reduced role for much of the season, the Patriots may still suffer from his absence against a Denver team that wants to run the ball as much as possible. Jon Bostic, Darius Fleming and Dekoda Watson are the candidates to pick up early-down snaps alongside Jamie Collins (oblique) and Dont'a Hightower. Mayo's absence will become a much bigger issue if Collins is also unable to play.
Mayo was on the field for 36.2 percent of the Patriots' defensive snaps this past season, ESPN's Mike Reiss reports.
In 16 games, Mayo recorded modest IDP numbers (47 tackles and a sack) while seeing a reduced role behind fellow linebackers Jamie Collins and Dont'a Hightower. Previously, Mayo had been a key cog in the team's defense when healthy, but his contract probably needs to be tweaked in order for him to remain in the team's linebacker mix in 2016.
Mayo was on the field for 23 of the Patriots' 80 snaps on defense in Sunday's win over the Colts, ESPN's Mike Reiss reports.
He did not record a tackle in the contest and even with Dont'a Hightower sidelined, Mayo's role in the game was limited, with fellow LB Jonathan Freeny (47 snaps) actually absorbing more of Hightower's responsibilities in tandem with Jamie Collins (8- snaps). With just seven tackles in five games to date, Mayo is off the IDP radar these days.
Although he sat out the preseason opener against the Packers, Patriots linebacker Jerod Mayo hasn't missed a practice since camp opened in his return from a torn patellar tendon.
"Jerod's made progress day by day; nobody works harder than Jerod does," coach Bill Belichick said Monday, per ESPN.com. "We've asked him to do a little more, either by volume/the amount of work he does, or we've increased the intensity of it in the two-and-a-half weeks we've been in training camp, and I think he's handled all those well."
The Patriots are working on restructuring linebacker Jerod Mayo's contract in order to keep the injured team captain in New England, per Fox Sports.
The two-time Pro Bowl backer tore his patella tendon last October, ending his season in Week 6. Mayo had an injury guarantee of $4.5 million, meaning the Patriots would have to pay him in full if they released him before he was fully healthy.
The Patriots have placed linebacker Jerod Mayo on IR, according to ESPN.
Mayo will miss the rest of the season due to a torn patellar tendon. The club has already filled Mayo's spot on the roster by calling up a player from the practice squad.
The Patriots have promoted guard Chris Barker from the practice squad to replace injured linebacker Jerod Mayo on the roster, a source has told the Boston Herald.
Barker played four games for New England in 2013.
Patriots linebacker Jerod Mayo had surgery Thursday to repair a torn patellar tendon sustained Sunday against Buffalo, according to Tom Curran of CSN New England.
Mayo, who registered 37 tackles and a sack as a full-time starter this season, will be out for the rest of the year.
The knee injury suffered by Patriots linebacker Jerod Mayo in Week 6 against the Bills has turned out to be as serious as it looked. Mayo is expected to miss the remainder of the season after being carted off with a lower right leg injury that multiple sources say "is bad," ESPN's Adam Schefter reports on Monday.
He was on pace for his first 100-plus tackle season since 2012. His season ends with 53 combined tackles, a sack and a fumble recovery.
As expected, the Patriots have ruled linebacker Jerod Mayo and running back Stevan Ridley out for Thursday's game at home against the Jets in Week 7, according to the Boston Globe.
Mayo was carted off with a knee injury, while Ridley departed with an ACL injury in Week 6 at Buffalo. According early reports, both injuries are considered significant, which could leave them out for an extended period of time.
The Patriots will host the Bears in Week 8.
Patriots coach Bill Belichick didn't sound too optimistic during an interview with WEEI Monday about the statuses of linebacker Jerod Mayo and running back Stevan Ridley, who both left Sunday's game at Buffalo due to knee injuries.
"Unfortunately, I don't think it looks too good. I don't think it's minor," Belichick said.
NFL.com National Insider Ian Rapoport reported Sunday it is believed Patriots linebacker Jerod Mayo suffered a significant knee injury Week 6 against the Bills, but the team is awaiting further test results to learn the severity of the injury.
On Monday, Patriots coach Bill Belichick kind of echoed the sentiments Mayo could be dealing with a serious injury, per ESPN.
"Keep our fingers crossed for him and see exactly what the situation is. Have to be ready to move on without him," Belichick said.
Patriots linebacker Jerod Mayo has been ruled out for the rest of the game after suffering a knee injury in the second quarter Sunday against the Bills. Mayo had to be carted off the field after getting hurt making a tackle.
Patriots linebacker Jerod Mayo was carted off the field in the second quarter of Sunday's game against the Bills. He was hurt making a tackle of Bills running back Anthony Dixon.
It appeared Mayo suffered a knee injury on the play.
Patriots linebacker Jerod Mayo led the team with 11 tackles, including three solo, Week 3 against Oakland. It was his second game in three this season with double-digit tackles.
Mayo played only six games last season, but he recorded 55 tackles, averaging 9.2 per game.
Patriots linebacker Jerod Mayo made a big impact in Week 1 against the Dolphins, albeit in a 33-20 loss.
Mayo led the team in tackles with 12 -- 10 solo -- and was the only player to get to the quarterback in the loss. He had one sack in the game.
The following players will not suit up for the Patriots Thursday night against the Giants: Brandon Bolden, Michael Hoomanawanui, Jarod Mayo, Dont'a Hightower, Chris Martin, Dominique Easley, Sebastian Vollmer, Rob Gronkowski, Chris Jones and Sealver Siliga.