posted at 9/17/2009 2:14 PM EDT
Okay, before I get a million people telling me how I'm an idiot, I do acknowledge that this is a long shot, but here goes.
1. We all saw the Mayo injury. It really didn't look bad. Certainly nowhere near as bad as Polamlu's (sp?). Then he gets up, limps for a bit, and then walks off the field without a limp. According to the Herald (which is suspect, but let's give the new guy some slack) he tells a teammate that it is nothing serious.
2. The next day we hear a report that it is a Grade III MCL sprain, which is basically a tear and puts him out half the season. Another report says its not as bad as that.
3. We all know how tightlipped the Pats are with reporting injuries. So it's suspicious that this comes out at all. Is it a plant? At this point, it seems like a leak.
4. But here is where it gets somewhat weird. Mayo is spotted in the locker room with crutches and a brace. From years of following the Patriots religiously, guys that are out are out. They are not in the locker room. They are ghosts. Now Brady was a different story because everyone knew he was out for the year, but it was always my impression that guys who were going to miss games would never show up in the locker room as it takes away from the whole "we are the team we put on the field" attitude that the Pats have had over the years.
5. My theory? The grade III MCL sprain diagnosis is BS. It is a grade I or II. Mayo will be listed as not having participated in any practices this week, but will be listed as doubtful on Friday. Sunday they test him and he likely won't play. But I think there is a 10% that I am right and, if so, this will tell me that the injury is not as serious as we think and he may only miss 2-4 weeks.