Apparently when you tear your pectoral muscle and go in to have it repaired, "they just tack it back down." That's how Patriots linebacker Jerod Mayo described it, anyway.
Mayo missed the last 10 games of 2013 with that torn pectoral, and is still recovering from the tack-down that ensued. He's yet to participate in any contact drills, and said he isn't sure when he'll be ready to do so.
"I don't know how it'll feel when we start going out there doing different things as far as a little bit of contact drills," he said. "Even though there's no pads, you can fall a certain way so I'm just gonna take it one day at a time and see how it goes."
"I think every day I'm getting stronger, I'm getting better," he added. "But, once again, I won't know until I get out there and start really playing the game of football . . . If it was flag football it would be cool."
In six games before his injury last season, Mayo, a two-time Pro-Bowler and 2010 First-Team All-Pro, had 35 solo tackles and 1 sacks. The Patriots were 5-1 with him in the lineup.
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