League sources said that Brandon Spikes, New England Patriots linebacker, was placed on season-ending injured reserve partly because he was late for practice last week, and price per head sportsbooks wonder how the team’s performance could be affected by the player’s absence.
Pay per head services found out that on Monday, New England placed the linebacker on IR, which was a surprising move considering the fact that he played all 16 regular-season games despite being bothered by a knee injury for much of the year.
But according to league sources, Spikes was late for New England’s bye week practice on Friday, which was the last straw for Patriots coach Bill Belichick, who already had fined him for multiple incidents that the player believed had practical explanations.
Price per head sportsbooks saw that on Friday, January 3, Spikes took to Twitter, publicly asking for help when his car was apparently stuck in the snow.
Help !! pic.twitter.com/7SDR0Ig16y
brandon spikes (@BrandonSpikes55) January 3, 2014
Spikes and the Patriots mutually agreed to the IR designation as opposed to a straight release, which would have him available for the remaining playoff games.
In Saturday night’s AFC divisional playoff game, the Patriots host Andrew Luck and the Indianapolis Colts, and pay per head services would really like to see how New England will do in this game – especially without Spikes.
Spikes, who will turn into a free agent this offseason, will receive New England’s playoff shares this postseason before moving into the open market on March 11.
Price per head sportsbooks saw that this season, a 26-year-old Spikes was able to make 86 tackles – the team’s third-highest total – and one interception, his fourth with New England, and fans everywhere can see just how valuable the player is to the team.
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Pay per head services know what an important player Spikes is to New England’s lineup, and hope that the team won’t be greatly affected because of his absence.