After being drafted in the second round in 2010, Spikes made a name for himself as a mean, nasty run-stuffing linebacker with a knack for making big hits and big plays – that all came to a screeching halt this past postseason.
Spikes labored through and played the entire regular season on a bummed knee before being placed on injured reserve just days before the team’s playoff opener at Gillette Stadium.
It was later reported that shutting down Spikes was mainly for disciplinary reasons after he missed a Friday bye week practice.
After that the writing on the wall was clear, and his comments to the NFL Network on the eve of free agency proved that even further, saying, “Both sides could benefit from a fresh start.”
As soon as the clock struck 4pm and free agency commenced, Spikes tweeted a farewell/good riddance message to the fans, the region and the team.
It’s been real, it’s been fun. But it hasn’t been real fun lol. Thank u to the cities of New England & Patriots for an amazing run "
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