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Conflicting reports emerge regarding Spikes’ placement on IR


Patriots linebacker Brandon Spikes was placed on IR after showing up late for practice on Friday, January 3.  Unless he wasn’t.

In response to the report from Chris Mortensen of ESPN that Spikes’ snow-day tardiness resulted in the negotiated placement of the player on IR, Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald reports that Mortensen’s report is “absolutely untrue and unfounded.”

Meanwhile, Tom Curran of CSN New England reports that Spikes wasn’t late for the final bye-week practice.  Per Curran, Spikes didn’t show up at all.

Per Mortensen, Spikes’ conduct was the final straw for coach Bill Belichick, who used injured reserve as an alternative to cutting Spikes.

If Spikes had been cut, he would have been subject to waivers — and he could have been claimed by any of the other playoff teams.

A second-round pick in 2010 from Florida, Spikes is due to become a free agent in March.

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18 Responses to “Conflicting reports emerge regarding Spikes’ placement on IR”
  1. joetoronto says: Jan 11, 2014 6:49 PM

    Mort knows what you’re doing, not you.

  2. jaggedmark says: Jan 11, 2014 6:51 PM

    Belichick. Smartest guy in the room, and he proved it yet again.

  3. sschmiggles says: Jan 11, 2014 6:53 PM

    If you read Howe’s report, the IR move had nothing to do with missing practice, it was because of his knee injury. It’s the third paragraph in that article.

  4. brooklyn40niner says: Jan 11, 2014 6:53 PM

    Chris Mortensen is the Chris Broussard of NFL reporting.

  5. slaugin says: Jan 11, 2014 6:55 PM

    He is not playing, Move on

  6. rubenxx7 says: Jan 11, 2014 7:02 PM

    who cares lets talk about sain
    ts comeback

  7. 6ball says: Jan 11, 2014 7:05 PM

    First PFT post on this topic was at 11:57 am. Almost seven hours later we still don’t know what’s true. However, it’s gotten play on both TV and in print.



  8. jr4real says: Jan 11, 2014 7:24 PM

    Hiding a player by any other team would be considered cheating.

  9. keltictim says: Jan 11, 2014 7:27 PM

    I think the ir move was injury related spikes has fallen off hard with his knee, however Tom curran has some pretty good sources and I’ll bet his attitude is the reason he’s not around next year. Putting spikes on ir for being late or whatever I can fully see bill doing that, I also can see him wanting that roster spot for someone that’s healthier than spikes.

  10. xxxfixxxerxxx says: Jan 11, 2014 7:34 PM

    The NFLPA should be all over this but hey, it’s the Patriots, so people will look the other way…..

  11. eviltwin007 says: Jan 11, 2014 7:35 PM

    slaugin says:
    Jan 11, 2014 6:55 PM
    He is not playing, Move on
    I AGREE!!!!

  12. coloneldukelacross says: Jan 11, 2014 7:35 PM

    Whenever I start to have faith in mankind, Iam reminded of the NFL where a sense of entitlement and a general lack of self-awareness reign supreme.

  13. Great Caesar's Ghost says: Jan 11, 2014 7:36 PM

    Heckuvan organization. Can’t understand how they haven’t won a SB in a decade…

  14. u4iadman says: Jan 11, 2014 7:55 PM


    Oh those silly Pats.

    Lost their ways since caught cheating.




  15. fatsolio says: Jan 11, 2014 7:55 PM

    You mean the media may have reported something is wrong? No, they NEVER do that…

  16. fatsolio says: Jan 11, 2014 7:56 PM

    You mean the media may have reported something that is wrong? No, they NEVER do that…

  17. phinsfanjoz says: Jan 11, 2014 8:01 PM

    Let’s say it could be proven that Belichick did in fact put Spikes on IR as an “alternative” to cutting him, or otherwise disciplining him.

    Would anyone actually do anything about it?

    Of course, the caveat there would be “proven”. Short of some sort of communication that more or less explicitly states it, it would probably be really easy for Belichick to just go “Well. Knee injury. Needed a roster spot. Team issues are between the team.”

  18. demons87 says: Jan 11, 2014 8:26 PM

    Teams put players that are injured to various degrees on IR all the time to manage the roster. There are plenty of times someone is put on IR and you’re surprised because he didn’t seem that hurt.

    As long as the player is injured the coach could go up to Goodell and say, “I am placing my injured player on IR because he’s a jerk” and Goodell couldn’t do a thing about it.

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