Source: Patriots LB Mayo likely out for a month

Can we expect to see more of the five-man fronts which occurred in Oakland on Sunday?

Patriots linebacker Jerod Mayo is expected to miss a month with a left knee injury, Dan Roche of WBZ-TV in Boston reports.

Mayo, the team’s top linebacker, injured the medial collateral ligament (MCL) in that knee during the second quarter of Sunday’s 31-19 thrashing of the Raiders.

The 2010 Pro Bowl defender has recorded 24 stops and a forced fumble in four games this season.  Consequently, the loss of Mayo means the Pats could utilize the five-man front look more often, to offset Jerod’s absence.

The 3-1 Patriots have back-to-back home affairs with the division rival Jets and Cowboys before their Week 7 bye.

A one-month timetable would force the Tennessee product to miss the clash with the Steelers at Heinz Field on October 30 and allow him to return against the Giants in Week 9.

After the trouncing of the Silver and Black, despite being short-handed due to injuries, what does another injury do for Belichick’s bunch; which is among the best when it comes to adapting and overcoming obstacles?

Although the former Volunteer standout is a key component to the defense, it still seems like it will be just another injury that the Patriots are forced to overcome – and they will adjust just well without their best linebacker.  Especially when you take into consideration, Tom Brady is still their quarterback.

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