Chris Mortensen of ESPN reported that Brandon Spikes was late to practice and that’s why the Patriots placed him on IR.
Tom Curran reported that Spikes missed the practice altogether while Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald reported that reports of tardiness were not true and that both sides decided it was best to make the mutual decision to shut Spikes down rather than have him continue to play through his knee injury.
And now Spikes agent Gary Uberstine has come out and said it wasn’t a mutual agreement for Spikes to go on the IR and the Patriots never thought about releasing him.
“The team’s decision to place Brandon on Injured Reserve was not a mutual decision, nor need it be. Brandon had every intention to keep playing throughout the playoffs, despite the pain he was experiencing throughout the season,” Uberstine said in the statement, via the Boston Globe. “We never had a single conversation with the Patriots in which they threatened to release him if he didn’t accept the Injured Reserve designation. Spikes has been a great teammate, and nobody can question the passion with which he plays the game, or how important he had been to the Patriots success. Although he is disappointed that he won’t be able to line up alongside his teammates this weekend against the Broncos, he won’t let these rumors serve as a distraction.”
Brandon Spikes is set to become a free agent in March.