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Gary Guyton steps into key role

Updated: October 4, 2011, 2:39 PM ET
By Chris Forsberg | ESPNBoston.com

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- How will the Patriots replace the void left at middle linebacker while Jerod Mayo recovers from a left knee injury? If history is a guide, fourth-year linebacker Gary Guyton will have every opportunity to make the most of his good friend's misfortune.

Jump back to the start of the 2009 season, when Mayo suffered a sprained medial collateral knee ligament -- the same injury that Mayo reportedly sustained Sunday -- and sat out nearly a month before making an earlier-than-anticipated ...

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