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.