The Patriots have suffered injuries to several major stars this season, but they've somehow managed a 5-1 record despite not having Rob Gronkowski and losing Vince Wilfork. Their latest injury may be a bit too much to handle, however, as linebacker Jerod Mayo's season is over after surgery on his torn pectoral muscle. Mayo is the Patriots' perennial leader in tackles. Combined with the injury to Wilfork, the Patriots' defense suddenly looks vulnerable.

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Wilfork and Mayo were both key components of the Patriots' defense, and neither will be easy to replace for New England.

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Who is a bigger loss on defense for the Patriots?

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