Mayo was carted off the field with a right knee injury and was seen on crutches after the game wearing a compression sleeve. He is scheduled for an MRI on Monday.
Belichick was asked on his Monday conference call about how the team can move on if Mayo’s injury causes him to miss significant time.
“Well, it already happened yesterday,” Belichick said. “You have to get big contributions from other guys -- some at the linebacker position, some at other positions as well -- see how it all comes together. Keep our fingers crossed for him. See exactly what his situation is, but we have to be ready to move on without him.
“So we will have to put multiple groups, multiple players to do some things that he did. I don’t think there’s one player that’s going to run this team and do all that Jerod did. We were lucky to have him, let alone a guy who can do all that too. It will come from a combination of guys somehow.”
One of the players who could be looked upon to contribute is undrafted rookie linebacker Deontae Skinner. Skinner recorded a big sack on Kyle Orton on a delayed blitz -- a signature play Mayo likes to make.
“[Skinner] has certainly done some positive things, and if he can keep sustaining a hard work ethic and stay on the field every day and keep getting better, I think he will have a chance to have a decent career and certainly be able to continue to help us,” Belichick said.
Defensive coordinator Matt Patricia is dealing with a quick turnaround as the team has three days to prepare its defense for the New York Jets on Thursday night, likely without Mayo, the quarterback of the defense.
“Well, obviously we have to prepare to go here with the Jets, and whoever is available and ready to go. I think in situations like that where it occurs in a game, when anybody with an injury situation comes up, everyone else has to step and increase their role and their responsibility and everyone just needs to do more,” Patricia said.
“So certainly with a guy like Jerod, he is a great leader for us and communicator and signal-caller for us on the defense. So when a player like that is removed from the game, then obviously communication is the biggest thing we are focused on to make sure everybody is on the same page.”
Running back Stevan Ridley, another key contributor to the Patriots, also went down with a right knee injury. He is also due for an MRI on Monday.
“I don’t yet know the whole situation with Stevan,” offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels said. “Certainly if he is out, we are going to need the rest of our guys, the rest of our group to play more snaps and take on a bigger role.”
If Ridley is out for the season with an ACL, as is feared, the Patriots have three other running backs -- Shane Vereen, Brandon Bolden and rookie James White -- who have to step up in Ridley’s absence.
“James works hard in practice and is prepared each week,” McDaniels said of White. “He had an opportunity in the Kansas City game to go in there and touch the ball a little bit. Did a nice job.
“We have confidence in all of our guys. This is the norm for the National Football League and our job is to have the guys that are here ready to go and we will certainly work hard to do that. We have confidence that they will do the job we need them to do.”