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Patriots LB Mayo placed on IR

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New England Patriots inside linebacker Jerod Mayo, the team's leading tackler, is out for the rest of the 2013 season with a torn pectoral muscle. Mayo was placed on injured reserve Wednesday.

Mayo is an every-down player in the Patriots' vast defensive scheme. He participated in nearly 96 percent of New England defensive plays last season.

Brandon Spikes, a fellow Florida product, and rookie Jamie Collins could become the starters in the 4-3 defense with Spikes in the middle. Dont'a Hightower would remain at strong-side linebacker.

To fill Mayo's roster spot, the Patriots re-signed defensive tackle Andre Neblett. Neblett played in 30 games in three seasons with the Carolina Panthers. He was an undrafted free agent from Temple. He signed with the Patriots Oct. 9, then was released before Sunday's game against the New Orleans Saints.

Yahoo Sports first reported Mayo's injury, which required surgery Tuesday.

He was injured in the second half of the Patriots' 30-27 victory over New Orleans on Sunday.

Retired Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis was expected out for the season with a torn triceps last season when he was hurt Oct. 15, 2012. But Lewis wasn't placed on injured reserve and returned in December.

Torn pectoral muscles are typically season-ending injuries. Chicago Bears linebacker D.J. Williams had his season ended because of a similar injury.

This season, Mayo has 55 total tackles, including 35 solo tackles.

New England also lost wide receiver Danny Amendola and guard Dan Connolly to head injuries on Sunday.

Mayo joins Pro Bowl nose tackle Vince Wilfork on injured reserve.
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