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New England Patriots Linebacker Brandon Spikes Suspended Four Games

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Courtesy of bostonherald.com:

The Patriots will be without Brandon Spikes for the next four games. The Herald has learned the rookie from Florida has been suspended, which means he will not play Sunday.

It appears he is being suspended for violation of the league's banned substances policy, but there is currently no confirmation of what the substance was.

The rookie Spikes has 61 combined tackles, 3 pass defenses, and one interception this season. The interception came in the Patriots most recent game against the Jets.

A second round pick, he is a player that has started 8 games this season. He hopes to return for the playoffs. 

UPDATE: Per Spikes' statement:

 

The substance was a medication that I should have gotten clarification on before taking.