NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — According to a couple of players, there’s something fishy going on up in New England.
No strangers to accusations of controversial practices, the Patriots were taken to task this week by a pair of former players over what the team reveals to the public on injury reports.
Linebacker Brandon Spikes, now of the Buffalo Bills, was put on injured reserve with a knee injury prior to the Patriots’ playoff win over the Indianapolis Colts. However, it was reported the move was really made because he was late to a team meeting, ESPN Boston reported.
“I heard they put me on IR and stuff like that,” Spikes told WGR, a Buffalo radio station. “That was just a false report. That’s just how things go there. Almost like what happened with (Aqib) Talib and his hip.”
When cornerback Talib missed three games last season the Patriots reported him as having a hip injury, something the now-Denver Bronco said wasn’t the case, the NY Post reported.
“The Patriots have their way of reporting stuff, but I haven’t had a hip problem since Tampa,” said Talib, whose deal with Denver is for six years and $57 million, with $26 million guaranteed. “The injury I had was actually a quad injury. It was reported as a hip injury, but that’s how they do things.”
Spikes signed a one-year, $3.25 million deal with Buffalo late last week. When asked to describe his time in New England he said, “I wouldn’t say happy.”
“It’s always great to start over and get a re-up and have a fresh start somewhere,” Spikes told the radio station. “Somewhere you’re wanted, where people love you there and they’re excited about you being there. It’s just great. (To) be somewhere I’m wanted — that was the whole thing for me.”
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