Spikes was held out of Wednesday's practice due to illness, BuffaloBills.com reports. Spikes has just a single tackle over the four games he's been active this season. While he's a good source of leadership for the Bills, his IDP days are long gone.
Spikes left practice early Tuesday with an undisclosed injury and did not return, ESPN's Mike Rodak reports. Spikes and the Bills begin their regular season Sept. 11 in Baltimore, but the linebackers' status could be up in the air if the injury turns out to be serious. As for now, the severity of Spikes' injury is unclear and more information should be available within the coming days.
Spikes signed a one-year deal with the Bills on Sunday, Mike Garafolo of NFL Network reports. Spikes has flip-flopped between the Bills and Patriots his entire career, and with the Bills being decimated with injuries at linebacker (Shaq Lawson, Reggie Ragland, Manny Lawson, Kevin Reddick, and Jamari Lattimore) they'll turn to a familiar face. Spikes can stop opposing runners with the best of the them, so the signing gives the Bills some depth or at least another camp body. However, the team is weak at pass coverage amid the linebacking corps, and Spikes would make that eyesore even worse if he ends up seeing the field for regular season action.
Free agent linebacker Brandon Spikes has been suspended four games for violating the NFL's conduct policy, a league source told NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport on Tuesday. The NFL has not officially announced the suspension. The suspension comes two months after Spikes pleaded guilty to leaving the scene of a car accident in Massachusetts. He was released by the Patriots shortly after the incident.
Former Patriots and Bills linebacker Brandon Spikes has pleaded guilty to leaving the scene of a recent car crash and has received a fine and year of probation, per WBZ, which is further reporting that he has lost his license and will be forced to attend a driver's safety class. Spikes has lost far more than his license. He has lost his livelihood, having been cut by New England for hitting another car and abandoning his vehicle on the highway. He later told the police that he had hit a deer. No other teams have been rumored to be targeting Spikes for the coming season.