FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- With the Patriots' thrilling 30-27 victory over the Saints nearly 24 hours old, the focus has shifted from the improbable game-winning drive to the team's injury situation.
Along those lines, cornerback Aqib Talib walked through the locker room Monday, although he didn't speak with reporters. One couldn't have detected he was injured based on the gait of his walk, but that still leaves the most important question unanswered: What is his condition and how might it affect his availability?
Talib left Sunday's game in the third quarter with a hip injury, and his frustration was evident as he fired his helmet into the ground as he took himself out of the game.
The three other Patriots who left Sunday's game -- linebacker Jerod Mayo (right shoulder), receiver Danny Amendola (head) and right guard Dan Connolly (head) -- did not come through the locker room during the media-access period.
Defensive end Rob Ninkovich was asked about Mayo, who left the stadium with his right arm in a sling.
"A guy like Mayo is a great leader and a great teammate, so we'll see what it is. I don't know. I don't want to talk about someone else's injury," he said.
Asked in general terms what Mayo brings to the defense that could be tough to replace, Ninkovich said: "We all work together and it's a team defense here. It's just like with anything you have to deal with in an NFL season, there are ups and downs that any team has to go through with whoever it is on the field. I think that we're going to continue to do what we do and just work hard together and come together as a team on defense. If guys like myself have to have more of a leadership role, and do a little more, that's all right with me."