Brandon Spikes reportedly doesn’t need knee surgery after all
|01.13.14 at 9:49 pm ET|
Brandon Spikes apparently doesn’t need surgery after all.
According to a report from Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun and National Football Post, the Patriots linebacker received a second medical opinion Monday from Dr. Neal ElAttrache of the Kerlan Jobe Institute in Los Angeles, and the doctor told Spikes that he doesn’t recommend surgery at this time for his posterior cruciate ligament in his left knee.
ElAttrache, the same doctor who performed the left knee reconstruction on Tom Brady in 2008, simply recommends rest and a normal treatment protocol.
As for the ESPN report from Chris Mortensen on Saturday that the linebacker was placed on season-ending injured reserve for being late to a team meeting on Jan. 3, the Friday morning of winter storm Hercules, Spikes’ agent, Gary Uberstine, made it clear that the linebacker wanted to keep playing.
“The team’s decision to place Brandon on injured reserve was not a mutual decision, nor need it be. Brandon had every intention to keep playing throughout the playoffs, despite the pain he was experiencing throughout the season,” said Uberstine, CEO of Premier Sports & Entertainment, in a statement.
“We never had a single conversation with the Patriots in which they threatened to release him if he didn’t accept the Injured Reserve designation. Spikes has been a great teammate, and nobody can question the passion with which he plays the game, or how important he has been to the Patriots’ success. Although he is disappointed that he won’t be able to line up alongside his teammates this weekend against the Broncos, he won’t let these rumors serve as a distraction and has no intention of making any further comment whatsoever concerning any of these issues.”
Gary Uberstine, Spikes’ agent: ‘We never had a conversation with the Patriots in which threatened to release him if he didn’t accept IR’
‘ Aaron Wilson (@RavensInsider) January 14, 2014
Mike Petraglia contributed to this report.
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