FOXBORO -- Patriots coach Bill Belichick indicated linebacker Brandon Spikes is having tests done on his right knee Monday, one day after he suffered an injury that knocked him out of the contest against the Giants.
“We’ll see how he responds,” Belichick said Monday. “It’s hard to tell right after the game -- a lot of adrenaline going and all that. (We’ll) take a look at it (Monday) and see what it looks like (Tuesday). Sometimes those things clear up and they’re bruises; sometimes they’re more than that and it takes a little bit longer. Probably a little better idea tomorrow and we’ll see whether he can practice on Wednesday.”
Spikes suffered the injury on a third-down play at the New England goal line in the second half of Sunday’s loss to the Giants when he collided with teammate Kyle Arrington. He limped off the field, and soon after that, left for the locker room. He did not return to the game. According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Spikes underwent an MRI on the injured knee Monday, and that showed a medial collateral ligament strain. A league source told Schefter that Spikes remains week to week with the injury.
New England has dealt with some serious injuries at the linebacker spot over the course of the season -- Jerod Mayo missed two games with a knee injury, while Dane Fletcher has been on the shelf for an extended time with a thumb injury. Down the stretch in Sunday’s game, the Patriots were forced to turn to backup Tracy White, who struggled to defend the New York passing attack.
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