New England Patriots Release Brandon Spikes

By David Kenyon

One day after Massachusetts State Police said they were investigating why New England Patriots linebacker Brandon Spikes’ car was abandoned, the team announced it has released Spikes.

The Boston Herald reported details of the incident that occurred early Sunday morning:

“[State police spokesman David] Procopio said that shortly after 3:30 a.m., state police were alerted by a representative of the OnStar on-board navigation system that the driver of the Mercedes had reported hitting a deer.

‘Troopers found the vehicle, a 2011 Mercedes Maybach, abandoned in the median strip with damage to its front end. Whoever had been driving it was no longer at the scene,’ Procopio said. ‘Investigation indicates the Mercedes is registered to Brandon Spikes. No deer was located.'”

Spikes, a second-round pick of the Patriots in 2010, played the 2014 season for the Buffalo Bills before re-signing with New England in May.

He recorded 54 tackles, one sack and one forced fumble last year, though Spikes’ two best season performances came as a member of the Patriots. The 6’2″, 255-pounder tallied 92 and 86 tackles in 2012 and 2013, respectively.

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