The NFL is looking into a sexually explicit video of Patriots rookie linebacker Brandon Spikes and a woman that has been posted on the Internet, according to ESPN. The video was posted earlier this week, and in an e-mail to WEEI.com on Tuesday, Spikes’ agent, Terry Watson, indicated that the rookie out of Florida is looking to move past the incident. “Brandon is showing himself to be a high-character guy in the Boston community and has the promise of being a very good player,” wrote Watson.

The Patriots made five roster moves on Tuesday evening — they have placed defensive backs Josh Barrett, Leigh Bodden and Brett Lockett and defensive lineman Darryl Richard on injured reserve and released defensive back Terrence Johnson. For more on the Patriots, check out weei.com.
 

The agent for Patriots rookie linebacker Brandon Spikes told the Boston Herald that his client is in "an embarrassing situation" after a sex tape involving the second-round pick surfaced on the internet.

 

“It’s an embarrassing situation for Brandon,” Terry Watson told the Herald. “It certainly doesn’t reflect the kind of person that he is.”

 

The Patriots declined to comment. 

 

Missing from Patriots' Tuesday practice were receiver Julian Edelman, cornerbacks Leigh Bodden, Terrence Wheatley, Kyle Arrington and Bret Lockett, running back Chris Taylor, safety Brandon McGowan, offensive linemen Logan Mankins and Nick Kaczur, defensive linemen Brandon Deaderick and Darryl Richard, and defensive end/outside linebacker Jermaine Cunningham.

 

Among those in shorts were tight end Aaron Hernandez and nose tackle Ron Brace. The notable subtractions are Chris Taylor and Deaderick, while Myron Pryor returned to the field.

 

FOXBORO -- Bill Belichick said Tuesday he's not worried about Tom Brady entering the final year of his contract with the Patriots or any possible distraction it might present. 

 

"Everybody out there is under contract," Belichick said. "Every player on the field is under contract. There are a lot of players on our team in the last year of their contract, there are a lot of players on every team that are in the last year of their contract. That's not an unprecedented situation." 

 

FOXBORO — It seems like an annual event — the guessing game as to whether or not the starters will play in the last preseason game of the year.



FOXBORO — Few people knew their way around the old Meadowlands like Bill Belichick.



FOXBORO -- Patriots third-year linebacker Jerod Mayo said Monday that he is ready to assume the linebacker leadership position held for many years by Tedy Bruschi and Mike Vrabel. Mayo, 24, said he's still learning the Bill Belichick system but now feels comfortable in teaching younger players what is expected on defense every game. 

 

 Patriots coach Bill Belichick joined The Big Show to discuss the team and its prospects for the coming week against the Giants and into the regular season. One of the biggest storylines throughout the preseason has been that starting running back Laurence Maroney has not had a carry in each of the last two games. Belichick continued to stress that it's not worth reading into.

 

 

Former Patriots safety Rodney Harrison, speaking on a conference call this afternoon, said his old team is “fed up” with the amount of trash talk coming from the Jets, and the Patriots have their Week 2 game against New York “circled” on their calendar.

“You better believe, the Patriots have that circled with the Jets,” Harrison said. “They hate the Jets, but they hate them even more because they’ve been coming out saying, ‘This is our division.’ ”