Two-time Pro Bowler Jerod Mayo, who leads the Patriots with 35 tackles this season, will be out the rest of the season with a torn pectoral muscle, the team announced Wednesday.
Mayo suffered the injury in Sunday's come-from-behind win over the Saints as he was knocked to the ground trying to tackle New Orleans running back Darren Sproles.
This isn't the first time the six-year veteran has dealt with injuries, but this one is the most severe. Mayo missed three games in 2009 with a sprained MCL and two more games in 2011 with another knee injury.
Rookie Steve Beauharnais is now listed as a starter in Mayo's place on the Patriots' depth chart.
We've placed Jerod Mayo on IR & re-signed DT Andre Neblett: http://t.co/ph5TxN2xA5 — New England Patriots (@Patriots) October 16, 2013