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Pats place LB Brandon Spikes on IR

Updated: January 6, 2014, 6:26 PM ET
By Field Yates | ESPNBoston.com

The New England Patriots have put starting linebacker Brandon Spikes on season-ending injured reserve, the team announced Monday.

The fourth-year pro is the team's third-leading tackler and an impactful run defender, posting a Patriots-high eight tackles for loss this season.

Though Spikes has been dealing with a knee injury for several weeks, often riding a stationary bike during the media accessible portion of practice, the move was a surprise as he played ...

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