FOXBORO -- Patriots personnel director Nick Caserio said Wednesday that second-year linebacker Brandon Spikes is in Foxboro with the team, attending meetings and working toward a return to the practice field.
"Brandon is no different than any other player. He's working hard, he's trying to get back out there on the field and when he's ready to practice, he'll be out there," Caserio said of Spikes, who has not practiced since Aug. 5 with a sore ankle.
"He's here. He's here. He's working. He's in the meetings so he's doing everything we've asked of him."
There was speculation on Tuesday that Spikes had left the team to attend to some personal matter, based on a tweet from his twitter account following the earthquake that hit the eastern seaboard. Spikes tweeted:
#ThankGod boy I miss that earthquake by 30mins Smhhhh !!!! Yes lord #blessed
Spikes was suspended for the final four games of last season by the league for violation of the league performance enhancing drug policy. He reportedly did not adequately report medication he was taking for attention deficit. For more, visit the Patriots team page at weei.com/patriots  and the blog It Is What It Is .