Linebackers Brandon Spikes was placed on season ending injured reserve earlier this week, in what we all assumed to be due to his nagging knee injury. However it was reported by ESPN’s Chris Mortensen, that Spikes was placed on IR because he was late to a team meeting last Friday (heavy snow that day, but teammate Aqib Talib said he left an hour early to be on time).
If this were the only incident, I doubt coach Bill Belichick would have ended Spikes’ season. But according to Mortensen, this was the “last straw”, which implies that this is not the first time that Spikes has done something like this. Mortensen also reports that it was a mutual agreement, and as NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport says here, Spikes will get his playoff share, and he will be healthy for the upcoming offseason, in which Spikes will be a free agent.
I highly doubt the Patriots will bring Spikes back for another season, especially now that we know he has had some off the field issues. Spikes is a terrific run defender, but he is awful in pass coverage, and he has cost the Pats a lot of yardage over the last couple of years. This may have been a blessing in disguise for New England, as Dane Fletcher and Jamie Collins, two great pass defenders, will get a lot more playing time versus the pass happy Colts.