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Report: Patriots LB Jerod Mayo out for “about” one month

The Patriots will be left without their top defensive player, Jerod Mayo, for a few games. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

The injury bug has struck again.

Dan Roche of WBZ reports that Patriots linebacker Jerod Mayo will be out for “about” one month after he injured his left knee in the second quarter of New England’s 31-19 win over the Oakland Raiders.

Mayo joins a crowed list of injured Patriots on a defense that has shown vulnerability in every game this season. The Patriots defense allowed 504 yards of total offense to Oakland Sunday afternoon and did not provide any pressure on Jason Campbell.

Mayo is second on the team (behind Devin McCourtey) with 27 tackles on the season. With the injury the Patriots will look to increase the workload of linebacker’s Brandon Spikes, Gary Guyton and Dane Fletcher. Both Guyton and Fletcher added four tackles each in relief of Mayo.

The Patriots will face the New York Jets next week, followed by the Cowboys and then the Steelers after a bye week.

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Matthew Marcantonio is the Patriots and college football editor at Sports of Boston. Marcantonio has contributed for two newspapers; the Sentinel & Enterprise (Leominster, Mass) and The Advocate (Baton Rouge, La) and held internships with The Bleacher Report and Sports Illustrated.

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