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.
The Massachusetts state police has issued a citation to troubled linebacker Brandon Spikes as a result of a traffic accident last week that caused three injuries. Spikes, who has since been released by the Patriots due to the incident, was charged with leaving the scene of a personal injury crash, operating a motor vehicle negligently to endanger, speeding and failure to stay within marked lanes. He is scheduled to report to Wrenthan District Court at a later date to answer to the charges. His 2011 Mercedes-Benz Maybach allegedly crashed into the back of a 2009 Nissan Murano on an interstate highway in Foxborough on Sunday morning. Three passengers in the latter were transported to a local hospital with minor injuries. They were treated and released. The vehicle driven by Spikes was abandoned. He reported via OnStar that his car had been hit by a deer, but investigators found no deer upon their arrival on the scene.
Less than a month after signing linebacker Brandon Spikes, the Patriots released the veteran after questions emerged about his involvement in a hit-and-run incident, per NFL.com. Early Sunday morning, Spikes' Mercedes Maybach was found on a highway near Foxborough with no driver present. Later, police responded to another vehicle saying they were rear-ended by a vehicle matching the Maybach, which was registered to Spikes. No charges have yet been filed in the incident. Spikes played for the Patriots from 2010-13 and was with the Bills last season.
As expected, linebacker Brandon Spikes is back with the Patriots, per NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport, who is reporting that he has signed a one-year contract. Spikes visited with the team early this month. He spent four years with New England before being shipped to Buffalo, where he posted a career-low in tackles. A switch by the Bills to a 3-4 defense likely would have had Spikes as the odd man out. The 27-year-old Spikes contributed to an average of 89 tackles in 2012 and 2013 combined with the Patriots, but managed just 54 with Buffalo a year ago.