New England Patriots linebacker Jerod Mayo underwent surgery to repair a torn pectoral muscle Tuesday, a source told Dan Roche of CBS Boston.
Mayo was placed on season-ending injured reserve with what the team listed as a shoulder injury on Jan. 19.
The 29-year-old is expected to be ready for the start of training camp, although Mayo may have already played his last game with the Patriots. Jonathan Freeny gained increased snaps throughout the year, and Jamie Collins and Dont'a Hightower have become irreplaceable in the starting lineup, which could render Mayo expendable.
Mayo carries a $11.4-million cap hit entering the 2016 season, and the Patriots would lose $4.4 million in dead money if they opted to release him. If Mayo does come back for the Patriots, he'd contribute to one of the deepest linebacker groups in the league, although it would likely be in a reduced role.
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