Report: Brandon Spikes needs knee surgery immediately after season
|12.29.13 at 12:40 pm ET|
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.
‘It’s pretty banged up, but this deep in the season, everybody’s banged up,’ Spikes told Young. ‘I’ve been able to deal with the pain and stuff like that.
‘And 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.