October, 16, 2014

By Lee Schechter, Special to ESPNBoston.com

New England Patriots linebacker Jerod Mayo underwent surgery to repair his torn patellar tendon on Thursday morning, according to Tom E. Curran of CSNNE.

Mayo, who injured his knee while making a tackle on Buffalo Bills running back Anthony Dixon in the second quarter of the Patriots’ 37-22 win on Sunday, was carted off the field. Mayo appeared to be making a routine tackle, but the combination of the awkward position of his knee and the force of Dixon’s strong run caused Mayo’s knee to bend abnormally, leading to the tear.

Jerod Mayo had surgery this morning to repair his patella tendon. Hoping for a 6-month recovery period. #patriotstalk

— Tom E. Curran (@tomecurran) Oct. 16, 2014

A torn patella tendon is considered to be a more serious injury than an ACL tear. The recovery period for Mayo is expected to be about six months.

This is the second torn patellar tendon injury of the past weekend as New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz suffered the same injury on Sunday night.

Mayo has not been placed on injured reserve, though that move seems imminent as six months would put Mayo out until at least April.

With this injury and surgery, Mayo will now have suffered season-ending injuries in back-to-back years. Mayo tore his pectoral muscle last season in Week 6 and missed the remainder of the season.

The question now is whether Mayo will be able to return his high level of play in 2015.

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