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Brandon Spikes elects to work out on his own

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Patriots linebacker Brandon Spikes is not volunteering for voluntary workouts.

And while that seems like the definition of no news, the fact it’s so unusual makes it so.

According to Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald, Spikes has been working out on his own, and isn’t staying away because he’s unhappy with his contract, which expires after this season. Every other starter has been at the facility in some capacity since the offseason program began on April 15.

A source told Howe that Spikes would report by or before the team’s June 11-13 minicamp.

The team is having an open-to-the-media OTA tomorrow, giving Patriots coach Bill Belichick a chance to discuss Spikes’ absence.

I’m sure it will be an enlightening conversation.

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16 Responses to “Brandon Spikes elects to work out on his own”
  1. homelanddefense says: May 20, 2013 4:28 PM

    I wasnt sure if he was gonna be back after this season or not. But the LB’s the pats drafted last year and this one, coupled with Spikes injury history and somewhat boneheaded actions, and now this? I seriously doubt he will be back.

    Skipping OTA’s will drive BB crazy

  2. tedmurph says: May 20, 2013 4:31 PM

    Not the actions of a guy looking for a big contract. He’ll be a good fit for the Steelers next yr, after the Pats let him walk and move Hightower to the middle. Too much off-field stuff, too many injuries, too slow, the writing’s on the wall. BB will say: ‘He’s not here’.

    He does make plays though.

  3. patriotenvy says: May 20, 2013 4:49 PM

    He also draws little yellow flags for reason that may not be sound.

  4. jdphx says: May 20, 2013 4:55 PM

    Cause we all know how well Belichick responds to tactics like these….

    Soon to be free agent/traded/cut.

  5. bcgreg says: May 20, 2013 5:09 PM

    Reporter: Bill, what about Brandon Spikes.

    Belichick: Brandon’s not here. I’ll can only talk about who’s here.

    Reporter: But, it must be disappointing that Spikes isn’t here.

    Belichick: Brandon’s not here. I’ll can only talk about who’s here.

  6. wohtonamaton says: May 20, 2013 5:12 PM

    Spikes is a stud!!! I don’t care if he skips OTA’s he lays the hammer down on people. The Pats need more players like him not less.

  7. piratefreedom says: May 20, 2013 5:18 PM

    re: bcgreg says: May 20, 2013 5:09 PM

    Reporter: Bill, what about Brandon Spikes.

    Belichick: Brandon’s not here. I’ll can only talk about who’s here.

    LOL

    I would bet a lot of money that this exchange will take place, with some trivial paraphrasing of course.

    as it always does.

  8. rc33 says: May 20, 2013 5:28 PM

    Just for yucks, Belichick should start reminiscing about the career of Takeo Spikes as soon as someone asks, “what about Spikes?”
    I’ll take the under on this actually happening, BTW.

  9. jimjets says: May 20, 2013 5:43 PM

    mumbles under his breath while looking at the floor

    “we’ll coach the players who are here. the ones who are here will make more plays than the one’s who aren’t. I don’t know what else to say about it”

  10. ampats says: May 20, 2013 6:16 PM

    Before everyone gets on the Brandon Spikes out of town wagon Mike Vrabel also did not attend OTA’s prefering to work out in Colombus. And he was a Belichick favorite.

    With that said, I don’t expect to see Spikes resign with NE as a free agent next off season.

    Getting ready for the next Gronk post as his surgery was successful today as the infection is gone.

  11. bcgreg says: May 20, 2013 6:25 PM

    I love Spikes, but with the drafting of Collins, I don’t see him resigning after this year. Don’t forget that Dane Fletcher is back too. Solid player.

  12. andrewproughcfe says: May 20, 2013 6:42 PM

    tedmurph says:
    May 20, 2013 4:31 PM
    Not the actions of a guy looking for a big contract. He’ll be a good fit for the Steelers next yr, after the Pats let him walk and move Hightower to the middle.

    ============================

    Yeah, ’cause that’s what the Steelers do. Take weak linebackers from the Pats’ scrapheap.

    There are so many examples. There’s … there’s that guy … well there was a guy one time …

    Or maybe it’s the other way around. Maybe I was actually thinking of Mike Vrabel, Chad Brown, and Bruce Davis — all former Steelers grabbed by the evil empire — because BB is unable to develop his own defensive talent.

  13. surfinbird1 says: May 20, 2013 6:43 PM

    Thumper will be back.

  14. laxcoach37 says: May 20, 2013 7:01 PM

    So much for Team mentality… it is not like the Patriots are known for their Defense. Spikes is a good LB, not great but very solid. No excuse, he should be there for the Team and Leadership; especially if this is not a Contract Dispute or Medical Issue.

  15. tedmurph says: May 20, 2013 7:02 PM

    Hey andrew, Spikes would be a upgrade over LFoote(who prob won’t be on the team next yr.) and the parade of late rnd picks and street FA backing him up at ILB. Don’t tell me you’re counting on Spence either. Oh well, with the cap situation, the Steelers probably can’t afford any decent FAs next yr either.

    Yeah,the Pats stole Vrabel when Cowher decided not to pay him as a starter. Thanks for that. CBrown did nothing here, after his stop in Seattle, and Davis never made the active roster.

  16. falcons999 says: May 20, 2013 11:51 PM

    Brandon’s blood sugar level is a little high right now.

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