INDIANAPOLIS, IN (The Spread) – Three players for the New England Patriots are all dealing with illnesses the week of the Super Bowl.
Linebacker Jerod Mayo, left tackle Matt Light and right tackle Sebastian Vollmer are all sick according to head coach Bill Belichick. Light and Vollmer both skipped Tuesday’s media day with separate illnesses, while Mayo attended but said he has a cold.
Light, a rookie on the Patriots' first Super Bowl championship team in the 2001 season, also missed a media session Monday and was replaced by center Dan Connolly.
Vollmer has been sidelined the last seven games because of foot and back injuries, but Belichick has said there's a chance he'll play on Sunday against the New York Giants.
Mayo lead the team with 95 total tackles this season and also had one sack, four tackles for loss and two interceptions. He struggled versus the run last week versus the Ravens, but along with Vince Wilfork and Rob Ninkovich had been one of the key defenders versus the run during the regular season.
Oddsmakers currently list the Patriots as a 3-point favorite over the Giants for Super Bowl XLVI, while the over/under total is now down to 54.5 after opening at 55.5.