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Report: Brandon Spikes needs knee surgery immediately after season

12.29.13 at 12:40 pm ET
Brandon Spikes shouldered more of the load in 2013 with Jerod Mayo out injured. (AP).

Brandon Spikes shouldered more of the load in 2013 with Jerod Mayo out injured. (AP).

FOXBORO — The knee injury that has clearly slowed down Brandon Spikes will require surgery after the season, according to a report from the Boston Globe.

Spikes, the lead run-stopping linebacker on the Patriots defense, has been hobbled since the middle of the season. He has been on the team’s injury report for several weeks with a knee injury. The Globe’s Shalise Manza Young reports the knee issue is a ligament
tear that will require injury.

Spikes most active game came on Oct. 6 against the Bengals when he made 22 tackles (coaches grade) and picked off Andy Dalton once in a 13-6 loss in Cincinnati.

‘€œIt’€™s pretty banged up, but this deep in the season, everybody’€™s banged up,’€ Spikes told Young. ‘€œI’€™ve been able to deal with the pain and stuff like that.

‘€œAnd when I’€™m out there, my adrenaline is pumping and the thrill of it, but it’€™s part of the game. That’€™s what makes this game so good ‘€” you’€™ve got to be able to play through pain.’€

Spikes is third on the Patriots with 48 solo tackles and 85 overall. Only Dont’a Hightower and Rob Ninkovich have more.

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