One man's Week 4 Patriots Report Card, written with the understanding that while Wes Welker probably won't maintain his 160-catch pace, he's got a better chance than Vince Wilfork does keeping his eight



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FOXBORO -- If you’re wondering how the Patriots might survive without Pro Bowl linebacker Jerod Mayo, look no further than the guy two lockers to the right.



FOXBORO -- Using players at different spots is hardly a new concept for the Patriots.



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.