Earlier today, news broke that the surprising decision to place Brandon Spikes on season-ending injured reserve was influenced by the linebacker's tardiness to a Friday practice during the team's bye week. Soon after, the Herald's Jeff Howe took to twitter to refute that claim.
According to CSNNE's Tom E. Curran, Spikes actually didn't show up to that practice at all.
Spikes a no-show at last Friday's practice http://t.co/nIfCurZUBi #PatriotsTalk @tomecurranSpikes sent out several tweets that morning showing his predicament: his car was stuck in the snow. Of course, snow-related delays are not tolerated in New England, where Adalius Thomas and Randy Moss were famously sent home after showing up late to a practice during a snowstorm in the 2009 season.
— CSNNE.com (@CSNNE) January 11, 2014
Since Curran's report, Howe has stood by his claim.
Just to be clear, I'm not reporting Spikes wasn't late, or even a no-show as @tomecurran reported. Only reported he wasn't IR'd for that.This seems more plausible. Spikes has seen his performance tail off in the season's second half as the linebacker has played through a painful knee injury. He also limped off the field during the Patriots regular season finale versus the Bills. It's certainly possible that a relatively healthy Dane Fletcher is a better option at this point than a extremely limited Spikes.
— Jeff Howe (@jeffphowe) January 11, 2014
Still, completely missing a day of work certainly didn't endear Spikes to Bill Belichick. It's sure looks like the impending free agent has played his last snap in New England.