September 16, 2009 12:22 PM
Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Graham
Jerod Mayo might get replaced by his idol.
The New England Patriots are considering free-agent linebacker Derrick Brooks to fill in for Mayo, reports Ian R. Rapoport of the Boston Herald.
"They're kicking it around," an unnamed source told Rapoport.
Mayo suffered a sprained right knee in the first quarter of Monday night's miraculous victory over the Buffalo Bills and will be out for a few games. The Boston Globe, citing two unnamed sources, reported the reigning NFL defensive rookie of the year could miss six to eight weeks.
Adding Brooks would provide Mayo another resource to lean on after losing veterans Tedy Brushi, Mike Vrabel, Richard Seymour and Rodney Harrison.
Brooks is a five-time All-Pro who hasn't been able to find work after 14 seasons with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He started 16 games last year and made his 11th Pro Bowl squad.
Mayo had this to say about Brooks in a feature story by the Boston Globe's Jackie MacMullen that ran Sunday: "He's a complete player, an impact player. That's what I’m after."
In this case, Brooks would be after Mayo.