Spikes tweets about surgery

Patriots linebacker Brandon Spikes tweeted the following this morning: "Surgery this am!!!! Y'all pray 4 me please. #PoWwWwW!"

It was confirmed later by a source close to the team that Spikes underwent a scope on his right knee.

Spikes, who missed seven games with a sprained MCL, was one of the Patriots' rising players late in the 2011 season. The 2012 campaign will be his third in New England.

Spikes, who has 31,000-plus followers, is one of the more active players on Twitter (@BrandonSpikes55).