Patriots coach Bill Belichick had words of praise for his quarterback Tom Brady in the wake of the team's 31-19 win over Oakland on Sunday.

FOXBORO -- Patriots head coach Bill Belichick said Monday that he's not going to try and estimate how long linebacker Jerod Mayo will be lost to the Patriots after reportedly suffering a sprained MCL in his left knee in the first half of Sunday's win in Oakland. 

"I'm not sure of where things are at," Belichick said during his Monday presser at Gillette Stadium. "We'll see where things are at on Wednesday. I'm not going to make a guess." 

Patriots receiver Deion Branch joined the Mut & Merloni show from Gillette Stadium as part of WEEI's Patriots Monday to recap Sunday's 31-19 victory over the Raiders.

Branch said that Oakland's O.co Coliseum lived up to its reputation as a tough venue for visiting teams.

Ten years into his career, it's clear that Tom Brady has a singularly unique relationship with Wes Welker.



The Patriots will be without their starting middle linebacker for an extended period of time after Jerod Mayo suffered a sprained MCL in his left knee, according to a report from Comcast's Tom Curran. Mayo had to be helped off the field after the injury in the second quarter and later carted to the Patriots locker room. He did not return.

Tom Brady didn't hide his respect or admiration for Wes Welker in his postgame press conference on Sunday, following a 31-19 win over the Raiders in which Welker caught nine passes for 158 yards and a touchdown. Welker, through four games, is on a record pace with 40 catches, five touchdown catches and 616 yards. 

Following the Patriots 31-19 win over the Raiders Sunday afternoon, New England coach Bill Belichick had no updates about the status of linebacker Jerod Mayo. The Patriots' captain went down in the second quarter with an injury to his left knee, and had to be helped off the field.

"We'll look at it tomorrow and see where he's at going into this week," Belichick said after the game.

Tom Brady completed 16-of-30 passes and fired two touchdown passes while Wes Welker went over 100 yards receiving for the third time in four games as the Patriots overcame injuries to Jerod Mayo, Dan Connolly and Kyle Love for a 31-19 road win over the Raiders. Welker finished with nine catches for 158 yards while rookie Stevan Ridley added 97 yards rushing on nine carries and his first career touchdown, including an electrifying 33-yard run in the third quarter. It was the 12th straight regular season game of over 30 points for the Patriots, extending their franchise record. 

An already depleted defensive line took another hit in the first half Sunday when Kyle Love was knocked out of the game with a right ankle injury. His return was termed questionable and he did return in the third quarter. 

The Patriots came into the game without defensive linemen Mike Wright (concussion) and Albert Haynesworth (back), neither of whom made the trip to Oakland. In addition, Shaun Ellis practiced this week but was questionable coming in with a knee issue. 

The Patriots announced Sunday afternoon that quarterback Ryan Mallett is the seventh player who will be inactive for this weekend's contest against the Raiders. New England revealed the six other inactives earlier in the weekend, with defensive lineman Albert Haynesworth and cornerbacks Leigh Bodden and Ras-I Dowling all being downgraded on Saturday, and tight end Aaron Hernandez, tackle Sebastian Vollmer, and defensive lineman Mike Wright all being officially scratched on Friday before the team took off for the West Coast.