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Jerod Mayo, Stevan Ridley ruled out for Thursday’s game vs. Jets

10.13.14 at 5:10 pm ET
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FOXBORO — The Patriots have already ruled out linebacker Jerod Mayo and running back Stevan Ridley for Thursday’s game with the Jets. Both suffered what are believed to be severe knee injuries in Sunday’s win against the Bills.

Neither the Patriots or the Jets practiced Monday, but the league still requires them to release an injury report with the game Thursday night.

The practice participation report is estimated, per the team.

Did not practice

OL Dan Connolly (concussion)
S Nate Ebner (finger)
OL Cameron Fleming (finger)
OL Bryan Stork (concussion)

Limited participation

QB Tom Brady (ankle)
CB Brandon Browner (ankle)
LB Jamie Collins (thigh)
DL Dominique Easley (shoulder/knee)
LB Dont’a Hightower (knee)
DE Chandler Jones (shoulder)
S Devin McCourty (rib)
WR Matthew Slater (shoulder)

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Darrelle Revis: Thursday night turnaround is ‘tough on your body’

10.13.14 at 5:09 pm ET
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Darrelle Revis will face his old team Thursday night in Foxboro. (Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

Darrelle Revis will face his old team Thursday night in Foxboro. (Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

FOXBORO — Darrelle Revis and the Patriots are facing some new challenges this week.

With the prospect of the quick turnaround — Sunday afternoon against the Bills in Buffalo to Thursday night at home against the Jets — the cornerback knows that the team will be faced with a mental and physical test the likes of which they haven’t faced this season.

“It’s tough on your body, definitely — that’s the biggest thing,” Revis said Monday when asked about the turnaround. “You turn around and play a game, and in a couple of days … it’s more so just from a physical standpoint. It’s very short. Some guys bodies might not be ready for Thursday night. But it’s tough. It’s a tough schedule. It’s a tough deal. It’s something we have to deal with but at the same time, we’re prepared for these types of things — to have short weeks and prepare the best we can.

“These weeks here are very short. You cram a lot of stuff in, game-plan wise. As players we have to be really alert and attentive in meetings and make sure we get everything the coaches are telling us. At the same time, taking care of you body in these last couple days. Coaches are giving us a chance to do that. Those are probably the two most important things: just be attentive in meetings and take care of your body.”

For Revis, it’ll be the first chance this year for his to face his old team. Revis was a part of the Jets from 2007-2012, and in the immediate wake of Sunday’s game, he talked about getting the chance to face his old team. On Monday, he expanded on the idea, talking about just how much things have changed since he left there following the 2012 season.

“[There’s] a lot that has changed,” he said when asked specifically about the Jets defense. “[Brian] Scottenheimer was the coordinator there when I was there. It’s a different coordinator now, and they run a totally whole different offense.

“[But] it’s a west coast offense — that’s what he runs. We’ve played other coaches who run the west coast offense. Once you’ve been doing this for awhile, things look the same, especially when you play against the same west coast offense. Coaches might put some kinks in here and there, or different things in the offense — their little touch. But at the same time, it’s still a west coast offense.”

Revis was also asked about what the loss of Jerod Mayo means for the New England defense.

“The next guy has to step up in that spot in his spot and play. That’s how you have to look at it,” Revis said. “We have confidence in our guys, and we’ll just try and continue to improve and try to get better. That’s what we have to focus on. It’s a big loss for us. Like I said, he’s one of the biggest leaders on this team, and it’s a big loss. But at the same time, we just wish for a fast recovery on his part, and hopefully, he can get bad as fast as he can.”

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What pundits were saying about Patriots on Sunday

10.13.14 at 2:28 pm ET
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Here’€™€™s a quick rundown of what some NFL analysts were saying about the Patriots before and after Sunday’€™€™s game against the Bills:

Keyshawn Johnson on ESPN’s “NFL Countdown” before the game on whether the Patriots are back after last week’€™s win over Cincinnati: “As long as Bill Belichick and Tom Brady are together, they’€™re gonna always have a chance to be dominant, but there’€™s still the X factor that’€™s there: where are the playmakers as a whole?”

Tony Dungy on NBC’€™€™s Football Night in America after the game: “Last week we were asking, ‘€˜What’€™s wrong with the Patriots?’€™ In six days, they have proved nothing is wrong with the Patriots. Tom Brady is on fire.”

Shaun O’Hara on NFL Network before the game on the improvement on Tom Brady: “€œHe uses the naysayers and the negativity all week long better than any player in the NFL.”

Kurt Warner on NFL Network before the game: “I like what they did last week but I’€™m going to say I don’€™t believe we’€™re going to see that same team. That front in Buffalo is going to get after Tom Brady with all of the issues they have up front and they’€™re going to affect him. They’€™re not going to allow him to just sit back there and throw to wide open guys. I think you’€™re going to see a little more of the issues that we saw earlier in the year with the Patriots.”

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Target Practice: Tracking opportunities in Patriots passing game

10.13.14 at 2:03 pm ET
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Brandon LaFell

Brandon LaFell

Targets have been compiled by the NFL since the start of the 2009 season, and while it remains a vaguely imperfect stat ‘€“€” a badly thrown ball from a quarterback can often go against the record of the receiver as opposed to the quarterback — it remains a good indication of the confidence level a passer might have in his pass catcher. Here’€™s a look at the target breakdown after six regular-season games this year.

WR Julian Edelman: 40 catches on 56 targets (71 percent)
TE Rob Gronkowski: 26 catches on 46 targets (60 percent)
WR Brandon LaFell: 15 catches on 34 targets (44 percent)
RB Shane Vereen: 19 catches on 27 targets (70 percent)
TE Tim Wright: 10 catches on 11 targets (90 percent)
WR Kenbrell Thompkins: 6 catches on 11 targets (54 percent)
WR Danny Amendola: 4 catches on 8 targets (50 percent)
RB Stevan Ridley: 4 catches on 5 targets (80 percent)
FB James Develin: 4 catches on 4 targets (100 percent)
RB James White: 3 catches on 3 targets (100 percent)
WR Aaron Dobson: 3 catches on 4 targets (75 percent)
TE Michael Hoomananwanui: 2 catches on 2 targets (100 percent)
RB Brandon Bolden: 1 catch on 3 targets (33 percent)
WR Brian Tyms: 1 catch on 2 targets (50 percent)

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Bill Belichick: ‘There’s no one guy’ to replace Jerod Mayo

10.13.14 at 1:23 pm ET
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This summer, Bill Belichick paid Jerod Mayo one of the highest compliments ever bestowed on one of his players. The Patriots coach called him “one of the best leaders” he’s ever coached.

On Monday, he reaffirmed that belief when asked about the huge task of going about replacing what the captain and middle linebacker brings to the team.

“So, we’€™re just going to have to get contributions from other guys ‘€“ some at the linebacker position and some at other positions as well,” Belichick said. “We’€™ll see how it all comes together. We’€™ll keep our fingers crossed for him and see exactly what his situation is. We have to be ready to move on without him. So, we’€™ll have to look to, I’€™d say, multiple groups [and] multiple players to do some of the things that he did. There’€™s no one guy who is going to, on this team, do what Jerod did. We’€™re lucky to have him, let alone another guy that can do all that too. It will have to come from a combination of guys somehow.”

The Patriots are awaiting tests on the right knees of Mayo and Stevan Ridley to determine the severity of each injury and whether one, both or, best-case scenario, neither is lost for the season.

Mayo injured his right knee making a tackle with about six minutes remaining in the second quarter of Sunday’s 37-22 win over the Bills in Buffalo. Ridley was lost when he was tackled while trying to avoid a tackle on a run to the left side.

What makes the Mayo injury particularly frustrating for player and coaching staff is the likelihood Mayo could be gone for the second half of the season for a second straight year. Mayo tore his pectoral muscle against the Dolphins in Oct. 2013 and subsequently went on injured reserve.

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Patriots offensive line comes together following loss of Dan Connolly

10.13.14 at 12:04 pm ET
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ORCHARD PARK N.Y. — With the injuries to rookies Cameron Fleming (finger) and Bryan Stork (concussion) forcing the pair missing Sunday’s game against the Bills, the Patriots used their fourth different starting offensive line combination of the year and third different one in three games.

After Dan Connolly went down with a head injury and did not return in the second quarter, things needed to be shaken up again, but even when things seemed stacked against them — including a tremendous Buffalo front-four — the grouping answered the call, especially when it mattered most in the second half.

Here is a drive-by-drive breakdown of what the Patriots offensive line looked like (left tackle to right tackle):

Drive 1: Nate Solder, Dan Connolly, Ryan Wendell, Josh Kline, Sebastian Vollmer (Punt)

Drive 2: Solder, Connolly, Wendell, Kline, Vollmer (Missed field goal)

Drive 3: Solder, Connolly, Wendell, Kline, Vollmer (Touchdown)

Drive 4: Solder, Connolly, Wendell, Kline, Marcus Cannon (Punt)

Drive 5: Solder, Jordan Devey, Wendell, Kline, Vollmer (Punt)

Drive 6: Cannon, Devey, Wendell, Kline, Vollmer (Field goal)

Drive 7: Solder, Devey, Wendell, Kline, Vollmer (Punt)

Drive 8: Solder, Devey, Wendell, Kline, Vollmer (Field goal)

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Chandler Jones on MFB: ‘It’s our job just to step up and play better’ with Jerod Mayo injured

10.13.14 at 12:03 pm ET
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Chandler Jones

Chandler Jones

Patriots defensive end Chandler Jones and wide receiver Julian Edelman checked in with Middays with MFB on Monday for their weekly interviews, one day after a 37-22 victory over the Bills. To hear the interviews, go to the MFB audio on demand page.

While the Patriots played well Sunday, there were some key injuries, most notably to linebacker Jerod Mayo, who was carted off the field and appears to have suffered a serious leg injury.

“I haven’t spoken to Jerod. My prayers are with him, I’m going to definitely pray for him. I have best wishes for him, but I haven’t spoken to him,” Jones said. “It’s our job just to step up and play better. Like I said, my prayers are out for him and his family. Hopefully he’ll be OK.”

Next up for the Patriots is a Thursday night game against the Jets. Jones said he doesn’t mind the quick turnaround.

“I enjoy playing football in general,” Jones said. “Listen, I don’t care what day it is. I could play football every day.”

Added Jones: “I’m 24 years old, I’m single, I don’t have any kids, I can be up watching film all night. So I live for it, I love it, I enjoy it.”

Edelman, who at 28 has a few more years in the league, said, “There are no positives when you’re playing this early” — at least not until after the game.

“I guess the only positive is that you might have a day off the next day going into the weekend,” Edelman said. “Maybe you can grab a Saturday brunch.”

The Jets head into the game at 1-5. Neither starting quarterback Geno Smith not backup Michael Vick have done much of anything this season, but Jones respects both of them.

“Just prepare for anything,” Jones said. “With the Jets, they do have two quarterbacks who are very effective. With a quarterback like Michael Vick, he can definitely use his legs to hurt you, and he has a strong arm. It’s something that you just have to know and keep in the back of your mind, especially with a team that he could be part of the game as well.”

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