Spikes had been battling a knee injury for more than two months, and The Boston Globe’s Shalise Manza Young reported in late December that the injury would require surgery once the season ended.
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Spikes then aggravated the injury in the regular-season finale against the Bills. The 26-year-old finished third on the team in tackles with 134, according to the Patriots.
Then, the former Florida standout was placed on season-ending injured reserve leading up to the Colts game, joining fellow linebacker Jerod Mayo, tight end Rob Gronkowski, defensive lineman Vince Wilfork and tackle Sebastian Vollmer as the fifth key Patriot to land on IR.
However, an ESPN report claims it was because Spikes missed practice during the bye week.
His truancy, plus the hobbled knee, led to the decision – which was NOT mutual according to Spikes’ agent "
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