Patriots cut Brandon Spikes amid probe into abandoned car

It's a different NFL personnel world these days. You can tell by how quickly the Patriots released linebacker Brandon Spikes in the wake of an investigation involving an abandoned car over the weekend.

The Pats cut Spikes on Monday morning, not even waiting until lunch on the first business day after a not-even-alleged-yet transgression from the linebacker.

ESPN's Adam Schefter first reported the news.

Over the weekend an abandoned Mercedes Maybach was found early Sunday morning on a Foxborough highway. The 2011 vehicle was registered to Spikes.

No big deal until an accident report was filed involving a 2009 Nissan Murano that was rear-ended in a hit-and-run incident on the same stretch of highway.

Police were investigating whether or not the two incidents were connected over the weekend.

“The investigation will seek to determine whether there is any connection between the reported incidents,” State police spokesman David Procopio said. “No connection has yet been definitively established.”

Apparently the Pats were able to connect to the dots on their own or don't want to worry about the perception of another off-field incident involving someone on the roster.

Spikes was signed by New England on a one-year, incentive-laden contract this past offseason and looked like a good bet to make the team.

The linebacker spent the first four years of his NFL career playing for the Pats before spending last season with the Bills.

Should Pats fans worry about this move? On the surface it's a pretty big nightmare. Spikes is a more-than-capable inside linebacker against the run, one of the better "thumpers" in the league.

But he wasn't slated to start for New England, sitting squarely behind Jamie Collins, Dont'a Hightower and Jerod Mayo in terms of linebacker importance.

Plus, inside linebackers are cheap to acquire these days (see: Spikes' contract). If he wasn't going to behave off the field, there was no reason for New England to run the risk of keeping him around.

Name-value wise it's a blow to the Patriots, but realistically this isn't a huge issue for the team. 

Spikes is out in New England. (USATSI)
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