First and foremost, linebacker/co-captain
Three other players who were injured versus New Orleans were not on the field at the start of practice: cornerback
Meanwhile, running back
To fill Mayo’s spot on the 53-man roster, New England re-signed defensive tackle
The Patriots also had a free practice squad spot, which came when defensive tackle
Players, as usual, will be in the locker room early this afternoon for media interviews. We’ll let you know if any of the missing/injured guys makes an appearance.
UPDATE… 3:19 P.M.
None of the injured players mentioned above spoke on the record this afternoon. Only one was even seen in the locker room at all, that being Amendola.
Mankins was one of several players who did, however. He shared his thoughts on Mayo’s absence as a fellow captain.
“We have a lot of leadership, I think, on this team, not just the guys that are appointed captains. We have a lot of veteran guys that have been around a while that know what's expected of them and everyone else, and we’ll miss Jerod, but whoever is in that spot is going to do a good job.”
Mayo has historically been the defensive player who wears the in-helmet communication device to relay calls from the sideline to the other 10 defenders. Now, that responsibility will fall to second-year man Dont’a Hightower, who has some experience in the role.
“I'm looking forward to it. It’s definitely something that I knew down the road, if something ever happened, that I would have to step up and do it. I'm not nervous about it. It's something I've done before… I know everyone is behind me and they support me. That's all I can ask for.”