The New England Patriots will be without their lead tackle Jerod Mayo after placing him of the season-ending injured reserve list on Wednesday.

According to ESPN, team captain Mayo underwent surgery on a torn pectoral muscle on Tuesday.

Mayo, 27, sustained the injury in the fourth quarter of Sunday's 30-27 victory over the New Orleans Stadium, leaving the Gillette Stadium with his right arm supported by a sling.

As a result of the injury, the Patriots have signed defensive tackle Andre Neblett despite only releasing him last week.

Mayo has led the tackle charts for the Patriots in each of his five seasons in the league and leads the charts again this season with 55. 

The two tie Pro Bowler will be a big miss for the Patriots being one of the few defenders in the front seven to play all of the downs.  

Mayo also leads the defensive huddles relays all the play calls from the sidelines.

Coach Bill Belichick said to ESPN"He does a lot for us, on the field, off the field. We're just going to have to move on."

The injury is a further blow to the Patriots defence after they recently lost captain Vince Wilfork to a torn Achilles, effectively ending his season.

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