• by Michael Hurcomb | Fantasy Writer

    Report: Free agent LB Brandon Spikes suspended four games

    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.

  • by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com

    Embattled Brandon Spikes pleads guilty to leaving scene of crash

    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.

  • by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com

    LB Brandon Spikes receives citation from state police

    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.

  • by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer

    Patriots release LB Brandon Spikes

    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.

  • by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com

    Report: LB Brandon Spikes officially back with Patriots

    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.

  • by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com

    Free agent LB Brandon Spikes visiting former Patriots team

    After just one season out of New England, linebacker Brandon Spikes could be coming back. The free agent is paying the Patriots a visit Wednesday, according to NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport. Spikes' numbers took a hit in 2014 with the Bills. He played in all 16 games, but managed just 54 tackles and one sack. He had 92 and 86 tackles in the previous two years, respectively.

  • by Dave Peters | CBSSports.com

    Bills to reach out to LB Brandon Spikes

    Bills general manager Doug Whaley said that the team will be reaching out to linebacker Brandon Spikes about a possible return, according to ESPN. "We're going to reach out to him and I'm going to call him when I get back," Whaley said. "Does it fit what we're offering and where he is in his career? We would love to have him back but again, it's got to be a fit on both parts." Spikes played a part-time, run-stopping role last season for the Bills and if re-signed he would do the same in 2015. The 27-year-old was a second-round selection by the Patriots in 2010. In his five years in the NFL he has tallied 340 total tackles, two sacks, 15 passes defensed, two interceptions and six forced fumbles.

  • by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com

    Brandon Spikes won't be a three-down LB if he returns to Bills

    If linebacker Brandon Spikes is going to return to the Bills it will be in a different role than what he's used to. Via the Bills' official website, general manager Doug Whaley said depth at the position will not allow Spikes to continue playing as a three-down linebacker. "I just talked to him today and the new staff sees a different role than maybe he does so I told him to see if he can get a team that sees him the way he sees himself," Whaley said. "If not, come back to us and then we can talk." The Bills are anticipating the return of Kiko Alonso, who tore his ACL last July. The Bills are also high on linebackers Preston Brown and Nigel Bradham. Spikes recorded 54 tackles and a forced fumble in 2014. "Brandon is one of my favorite players. We're going to reach out to his representation and see how he would fit in this new defensive scheme and because of the depth we have whether it would fit how he sees himself as a player," Whaley said. "So it'll be more of, 'Hey do you want to come back and be a one or two down player? Or do you want to try to go out and still be an every down player [elsewhere]?' So that one is going to be a kind of seeing what works for him and what works for us."

  • by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com

    Whaley: Bills not close to deal with Brandon Spikes

    Bills general manager Doug Whaley spoke to the media at the Indianapolis scouting combine on Thursday and implied that LB Brandon Spikes is not likely to return to the team. Spikes is scheduled to be a free agent in March. Whaley said that new coach Rex Ryan and his staff "see a different role" for Spikes than he envisions for himself. Spikes had 54 tackles and a sack last year, his first with the Bills.

  • by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com

    Sammy Watkins among Bills players green-lighted for Sunday

    As expected, the Bills have officially ruled Fred Jackson (groin) and Ty Powell (ankle) out for Week 8 against the Jets, the team announced. Marquise Goodwin (hamstring) was the only player listed as doubtful on the final injury report on Friday. Marcus Easley (knee) and Aaron Williams (neck) were labeled as questionable for Sunday. Meanwhile, Ron Brooks (groin), Brandon Spikes (ribs), Sammy Watkins (groin) and Mario Williams (thumb) were all deemed probable.