New England Patriots Links 9/16/09 - Jerod Mayo Has A Sprained MCL; Could Miss 6-8 Weeks

LB Adalius Thomas makes a big play in the 4th quarter against the Bills.


Robert Lee reports Jerod Mayo's injury is not season-ending; the team will have to adjust the best way it can.

"I don’t think that’s what it is," Belichick said when asked if Mayo’s injury would force him to miss the rest of the season.

"We’ll evaluate what the alternatives might be, whether that’s internally or externally," [director of player personnel Nick] Caserio said. "If we feel that there’s an opportunity for us to add a player that we feel can help our club, then we’ll go ahead and do that."

"We always have a contingency plan with various players that back up other players at different positions … everybody kind of learns a couple of different spots," [defensive coordinator Dean] Pees said. "We’ve always had a contingency plan – a ‘What if?’ plan. If somebody goes down, you put the backup in and move somebody over or somebody else up and kind of go with it.

"We certainly could have done better things on the field. It’s always hard when a guy hasn’t practiced that position all week, but for the most part they understand what to do. … That’s part of football."

Chris Gasper notes the interesting way the Patriots deployed Matt Light at TE Monday night.

One interesting aspect of Monday night’s game was the way the Patriots deployed left tackle Matt Light at tight end at times. Belichick said Light was used as a third tight end because Michael Matthews, picked up in a trade with the Giants Sept. 5, didn’t have enough experience in the system. When Light played tight end, rookie Sebastian Vollmer was at left tackle. Belichick explained that by rule Light could not be an eligible receiver on one play and then return as an ineligible tackle on the next unless it was the end of a quarter or a timeout had been called, so Vollmer had to stay in at tackle. "Rather than put a third tight end in the game, Matt just has a little bit more experience with it at this point so we used him as that third tight end,’’ said Belichick. "Of course, he’s begging for us to throw him the ball all the time.’

TEAM TALK

  • Patriots at Jets Game Preview: Broadcast info, series history, quick hits and connections.
  • Ask PFW:  Part I - The first half of this week's Ask PFW focuses on the status of various players, in one form or another, on or off the Pats roster.
  • Ask PFW:  Part II - The Seymour trade and some throwback questions highlight the second half of this week's mailbag.
  • Tuesday Conference Calls - Patriots head coach Bill Belichick (10.46 min.), director of player personnel Nick Caserio (5.55 min.) and defensive coordinator Dean Pees (5.49 min.)
  • WEEI Patriots 'Monday':  Bill Belichick (34.05 min.), Sammy Morris (9.11 min.), Tom Brady (22.52 min.), Ty Warren and Vince Wilfork (19.24 min.), and Chris Baker.

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