FOXBORO — One of the biggest fears for the Patriots defense when middle linebacker Jerod Mayo went down with a season-ending knee injury last Sunday came to fruition Thursday night in a 27-25 win over the New York Jets.Mayo, the main communicator in the center of the Patriots defense, was charged with getting his teammates in the correct pre-snap position with the help of the helmet device used to hear calls from the coaches. When Mayo went down, it was naturally assumed that his cerebral contributions would be missed as much as his physical ones.
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