A Patriots defense that was getting adjusted to playing without one of its captains has suddenly lost the second one, also to a season-ending injury.
According to a league source, linebacker Jerod Mayo tore a pectoral muscle during Sunday’s 30-27 home win over the Saints, and had surgery Tuesday. The story was first reported by Yahoo, which said that Mayo could be out for the rest of the season; pectoral muscle tears typically are season-ending. The source told the Globe Mayo’s season is over.
He joins defensive tackle Vince Wilfork, whose season ended Sept. 29 when he tore an Achilles’ tendon. Wilfork and Mayo have combined for seven trips to the Pro Bowl, and have formed a very successful combination in the middle of defense. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.