How will Pats adjust without Mayo?

Injury to defensive centerpiece forces New England to turn to Plan B

Updated: September 19, 2009, 10:55 PM ET
By Mike Reiss | ESPNBoston.com

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- When considering what the loss of linebacker Jerod Mayo means to the Patriots' defense, one could make a fair comparison by looking across the line of scrimmage.

In some ways, it is similar to the Patriots' offense losing Tom Brady.

"He is right in the middle of the defense, right in the middle of every play -- run or pass. He calls the signals. I don't know how he could be any more involved with that," head coach Bill Belichick said Wednesday at Gillette Stadium.

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