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New England Patriots suffer another blow: Place LB Brandon Spikes on IR

Middle linebacker Brandon Spikes #55 celebrates with defensive tackle Joe Vellano #72 of the New England Patriots against the Denver Broncos during a game at Gillette Stadium on November 24, 2013 in Foxboro, Massachusetts.
(Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

The New England Patriots have suffered another blow. In a season that has already seen them lose Vince Wilfork, Jerod Mayo and Rob Gronkowski to season-ending injuries, the Patriots have added another name to their long list of players lost for the season. According to Patriots.com on Jan. 6, the Patriots have placed LB Brandon Spikes on injured reserve with a knee injury.

An aggressive run stopper, Spikes has been able to play through the knee injury. But apparently he wasn't able to go any longer. In surprising news, the 26-year-old will require surgery in the off season and will miss the Patriots opening playoff game against the Indianapolis Colts on Saturday night and Spikes may never been seen in a Patriots uniform again as he will be a free agent.

Spikes finishes the season third on the team with 86 tackles. He also had an interception and a fumble recovery. It will be his intensity and intimidation on the field that the team misses most.

In his absence, rookie Jamie Collins and veteran linebacker Dane Fletcher will be the next man up. Something the Patriots as a team has been use to all year long.