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51 Brandon Spikes LB
Height/Weight: 6-2/255 | Birthdate: 9/3/1987 | Birthplace: Shelby, NC, USA | Team: New England | College: Florida | NFL Experience: 6 | Salary: /images/football/nfl/players/170x170/1114679.png | Owned/Started%: 3/1

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Embattled Brandon Spikes pleads guilty to leaving scene of crash


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/1/2015) Former Patriots and Bills linebacker Brandon Spikes has pleaded guilty to leaving the scene of a recent car crash and has received a fine and year of probation, per WBZ, which is further reporting that he has lost his license and will be forced to attend a driver's safety class.

Spikes has lost far more than his license. He has lost his livelihood, having been cut by New England for hitting another car and abandoning his vehicle on the highway. He later told the police that he had hit a deer.

No other teams have been rumored to be targeting Spikes for the coming season.


LB Brandon Spikes receives citation from state police


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6/12/2015) The Massachusetts state police has issued a citation to troubled linebacker Brandon Spikes as a result of a traffic accident last week that caused three injuries.

Spikes, who has since been released by the Patriots due to the incident, was charged with leaving the scene of a personal injury crash, operating a motor vehicle negligently to endanger, speeding and failure to stay within marked lanes. He is scheduled to report to Wrenthan District Court at a later date to answer to the charges.

His 2011 Mercedes-Benz Maybach allegedly crashed into the back of a 2009 Nissan Murano on an interstate highway in Foxborough on Sunday morning. Three passengers in the latter were transported to a local hospital with minor injuries. They were treated and released.

The vehicle driven by Spikes was abandoned. He reported via OnStar that his car had been hit by a deer, but investigators found no deer upon their arrival on the scene.


Patriots release LB Brandon Spikes


by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(6/8/2015) Less than a month after signing linebacker Brandon Spikes, the Patriots released the veteran after questions emerged about his involvement in a hit-and-run incident, per NFL.com.

Early Sunday morning, Spikes' Mercedes Maybach was found on a highway near Foxborough with no driver present. Later, police responded to another vehicle saying they were rear-ended by a vehicle matching the Maybach, which was registered to Spikes. No charges have yet been filed in the incident. 

Spikes played for the Patriots from 2010-13 and was with the Bills last season. 


Report: LB Brandon Spikes officially back with Patriots


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/18/2015) As expected, linebacker Brandon Spikes is back with the Patriots, per NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport, who is reporting that he has signed a one-year contract.

Spikes visited with the team early this month. He spent four years with New England before being shipped to Buffalo, where he posted a career-low in tackles. A switch by the Bills to a 3-4 defense likely would have had Spikes as the odd man out.

The 27-year-old Spikes contributed to an average of 89 tackles in 2012 and 2013 combined with the Patriots, but managed just 54 with Buffalo a year ago.


Free agent LB Brandon Spikes visiting former Patriots team


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/6/2015) After just one season out of New England, linebacker Brandon Spikes could be coming back. The free agent is paying the Patriots a visit Wednesday, according to NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport.

Spikes' numbers took a hit in 2014 with the Bills. He played in all 16 games, but managed just 54 tackles and one sack. He had 92 and 86 tackles in the previous two years, respectively.


Bills to reach out to LB Brandon Spikes


by Dave Peters | CBSSports.com
(3/24/2015) Bills general manager Doug Whaley said that the team will be reaching out to linebacker Brandon Spikes about a possible return, according to ESPN.

"We're going to reach out to him and I'm going to call him when I get back," Whaley said. "Does it fit what we're offering and where he is in his career? We would love to have him back but again, it's got to be a fit on both parts."

Spikes played a part-time, run-stopping role last season for the Bills and if re-signed he would do the same in 2015.

The 27-year-old was a second-round selection by the Patriots in 2010. In his five years in the NFL he has tallied 340 total tackles, two sacks, 15 passes defensed, two interceptions and six forced fumbles.


Brandon Spikes won't be a three-down LB if he returns to Bills


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(2/20/2015) If linebacker Brandon Spikes is going to return to the Bills it will be in a different role than what he's used to.

Via the Bills' official website, general manager Doug Whaley said depth at the position will not allow Spikes to continue playing as a three-down linebacker.

"I just talked to him today and the new staff sees a different role than maybe he does so I told him to see if he can get a team that sees him the way he sees himself,” Whaley said. “If not, come back to us and then we can talk."

The Bills are anticipating the return of Kiko Alonso, who tore his ACL last July. The Bills are also high on linebackers Preston Brown and Nigel Bradham.

Spikes recorded 54 tackles and a forced fumble in 2014.

“Brandon is one of my favorite players. We’re going to reach out to his representation and see how he would fit in this new defensive scheme and because of the depth we have whether it would fit how he sees himself as a player," Whaley said. "So it’ll be more of, ‘Hey do you want to come back and be a one or two down player? Or do you want to try to go out and still be an every down player [elsewhere]?’ So that one is going to be a kind of seeing what works for him and what works for us.”


Whaley: Bills not close to deal with Brandon Spikes


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(2/19/2015) Bills general manager Doug Whaley spoke to the media at the Indianapolis scouting combine on Thursday and implied that LB Brandon Spikes is not likely to return to the team.

Spikes is scheduled to be a free agent in March. Whaley said that new coach Rex Ryan and his staff "see a different role" for Spikes than he envisions for himself.  

Spikes had 54 tackles and a sack last year, his first with the Bills. 


Sammy Watkins among Bills players green-lighted for Sunday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(10/24/2014) As expected, the Bills have officially ruled Fred Jackson (groin) and Ty Powell (ankle) out for Week 8 against the Jets, the team announced.

Marquise Goodwin (hamstring) was the only player listed as doubtful on the final injury report on Friday. Marcus Easley (knee) and Aaron Williams (neck) were labeled as questionable for Sunday.

Meanwhile, Ron Brooks (groin), Brandon Spikes (ribs), Sammy Watkins (groin) and Mario Williams (thumb) were all deemed probable.


Bills injury report dominated by probables


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(10/17/2014) The Bills have ruled out wide receivers Marcus Easley (knee) and Marquise Goodwin (hamstring) for their Week 7 battle against the visiting Vikings. Also out is linebacker Ty Powell (ankle).

The team is otherwise healthy - the rest of those on its injury report Friday are probable. They are long snapper Garrison Sanborn (knee), safeties Aaron Williams (wrist/neck) and Da'Norris Searcy (knee), linebacker Brandon Spikes (ribs) and defensive tackle Kyle Williams (knee).


Fred Jackson, Kyle Williams among notable Bills on injury report


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(10/10/2014) Bills running back Fred Jackson (ankle) and defensive tackle Kyle Williams (knee) are among the key players on both sides of the ball that have been ruled questionable for Week 6 against New England.

Jackson missed practice Friday because of an illness but is listed as questionable because of a nagging ankle injury. However, a source told ESPN he's expected to play on Sunday.

The following players have been deemed questionable by the Bills: DT Kyle Williams – knee
linebacker Nigel Bradham (knee), cornerback Ron Brooks (neck), safety Da'Norris Searcy (knee), linebacker Brandon Spikes (ribs) and safety Aaron Williams (wrist). Wide receiver Marcus Easley and guard Chris Williams were the only two players officially ruled out for the game,


Brandon Spikes, Randell Johnson ready for Week 1


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/5/2014) The Bills linebackers Brandon Spikes and Randell Johnson were both able to practice again on Friday. Both players were officially listed as probable for Week 1 against Chicago, per WGR.

Brandon Spikes departs Thursday practice for short time


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9/4/2014) Bills middle linebacker Brandon Spikes left Thursday practice before a quick return. He went to the trainer's room and had his left knee checked before returning to practice, per WGR.

Spikes signed a free agent contract with Buffalo in March after spending four years as a standout with New England.


Bills draft LB Preston Brown


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(5/9/2014) With the No. 73 pick in the NFL Draft, the Bills selected linebacker Preston Brown from Louisville.

Brown moved to middle linebacker for the Cardinals in 2012. He was the Cardinals' leading tackler for the second straight season in 2013, amassing 98 tackles, 12.5 tackles for loss and 4.5 sacks with a pass breakup, three forced fumbles and a 48-yard fumble return touchdown.

He will likely see time on special teams in 2014, but he could eventually replace Brandon Spikes in 2015 since Spikes is on a one-year deal.


Brandon Spikes tweets criticism of Ray Rice


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(3/29/2014) Bills linebacker Brandon Spikes became the first NFL player to publicly criticize Ravens running back Ray Rice for allegedly striking then-fiancee Janay Palmer, whom Rice has since married.

"I don't see how anyone can respect him," Spikes tweeted. "Put your hands on a woman. the woman that had ur child."

Spikes also claimed that Rice marrying Palmer was an attempt to save his image.


Brandon Spikes signs one-year contract with Bills


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/14/2014) Former Patriots linebacker Brandon Spikes will be staying put in the AFC East. The 26-year-old signed a one-year, $3.25 million deal with the Bills, according to the Associated Press.

Spikes had 86 tackles with the Patriots in 2013.

Brandon Spikes, Patriots expected to part ways


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(3/7/2014) Patriots linebacker Brandon Spikes isn't expected to return to the team in 2014, reports ESPN.

Spikes appeared on the NFL Network on Friday and said "both sides could benefit from a fresh start." He also added that his injured knee is "100 percent."

Spikes, who had 86 tackles during the 2013 season, was placed on injured reserve in advance of the AFC divisional round in part due to missing a team meeting. Spikes also was dealing with a knee issue during the latter part of the season.


Patriots' Brandon Spikes all but gone


by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst
(3/3/2014) The Patriots and linebacker Brandon Spikes have had no discussions about a contract extension, according to the Boston Herald. "Barring a drastic change, he's gone," the report said.

The news comes as no surprise after Spikes questioned the team's decision to place him on injured reserve. Spikes made 134 tackles last season, second-most on the team.


Brandon Spikes not expected back with Patriots


by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst
(2/9/2014) Free agent inside linebacker Brandon Spikes isn't expected to get a contract offer from the Patriots, especially after he questioned the team's decision to place him on injured reserve, reports the Boston Herald. Spikes finished second on the Patriots with 134 total tackles and 78 solo tackles.

The paper expects Spikes, 26, to command a deal similar to the one linebacker Rey Maualuga received last offseason from Cincinnati: two years, $6.5 million.


Brandon Spikes did not want to go on I.R.


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(1/14/2014) Patriots linebacker Brandon Spikes did not want to be placed on I.R., according to his agent.

Spikes has been dealing with knee pain for most of the season, but has been able to play through it. He "had every intention to keep playing throughout the playoffs," according to the statement. Spikes is set to be an unrestricted free-agent once the season ends. 


Report: Brandon Spikes checking out options for knee


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(1/11/2014) Linebacker Brandon Spikes, who has been placed on IR and might have played his last down for the Patriots, will seek medical advice in regard to possible surgery, according to NFL Network.

Reports that Spikes was shelved because he was late to a Friday meeting and was often tardy, thereby earning the wrath of Bill Belichick, are false, sources have told NFL.com.


Patriots place Brandon Spikes on IR


by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst
(1/6/2014) In a surprising move, the Patriots placed linebacker Brandon Spikes on injured reserve with a lingering knee injury. Spikes played in every game this season and started 12, making 86 tackles and getting an interception and a fumble recovery.

Brandon Spikes cleared for game against Bills


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12/29/2013) Patriots linebacker Brandon Spikes has been given the green light for the Week 17 battle against Buffalo despite a knee ailment that had him listed as questionable.

Patriots list 11 as questionable for Sunday game


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12/27/2013) Eleven Patriots have been deemed questionable for Sunday against the Bills, including rookie wideouts Aaron Dobson (foot) and Kenbrell Thompkins (hip). The other offensive players so designated are running back Shane Vereen (groin) and linemen Nate Solder (concussion) and Will Svitek (ankle).

The defensive questionables are secondary mates Steve Gregory (finger/knee), Kyle Arrington (groin) and Alfonzo Dennard (knee/shoulder), linebackers Dane Fletcher (groin) and Brandon Spikes (knee) and lineman Rob Ninkovich (ankle).


Patriots rule 10 players active for Week 16


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12/22/2013) The Patriots ruled Tom Brady (shoulder), Danny Amendola (groin), Aaron Dobson (foot), Kyle Arrington (groin), Alfonzo Dennard (knee, shoulder), Steve Gregory (finger), Michael Hoomanawanui (knee), linebacker Brandon Spikes (knee) and Aqib Talib (hip) active for Week 16 at Baltimore.