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Source: Brandon Spikes suffers MCL sprain

Patriots linebacker Brandon Spikes underwent an MRI on his injured knee Monday and it revealed an medial collateral ligament strain, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN who cites a league source. Spikes is week-to-week with the injury.

Spikes injured the knee defending a third-down pass near the front of the end zone early in the third quarter of Sunday’s loss to the Giants. He was examined on the sidelined before heading to the locker room. He did not return to the game.

Patriots coach Bill Belichick confirmed the tests on Monday, but he didn’t offer a diagnosis.

“He’s having some tests done today, we’ll see how he responds,” said Belichick. “It’s hard to tell right after the game, a lot of adrenaline going and all that. We’ll take a look today, see what it looks like tomorrow. Sometimes those things clear up, they’re bruises. Sometimes they are more than that and it takes a little bit longer. We’ll have a little better idea tomorrow and we’ll see whether he can practice on Wednesday.”

The second-year pro from Florida registered five tackles, four solo, against the Giants on Sunday.

On the season, the former Gator standout has recorded 44 tackles, 32 solo, and one pass defensed.

The six-foot-two, 250-pound Spikes was drafted 62th overall in the second round of the ’10 draft.


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