New England Patriots linebacker Brandon Spikes received a second medical opinion today from Dr. Neal ElAttrache of the Kerlan Jobe Institute in Los Angeles, and the doctor doesn't recommend surgery at this time for his posterior cruciate ligament in his left knee.
Rest and a normal treatment protocol is what the doctor recommends.
Also, Spikes' agent issued a statement following an ESPN report that stated that the linebacker was placed on injured reserve due to lateness.
Spikes' agent, Gary Uberstine, the CEO of Premier Sports & Entertainment issued the following statement.
“The team’s decision to place Brandon on Injured Reserve was not a mutual decision, nor need it be. Brandon had every intention to keep playing throughout the playoffs, despite the pain he was experiencing throughout the season,” Uberstine said. “We never had a single conversation with the Patriots in which they threatened to release him if he didn’t accept the injured reserve designation.
“Spikes has been a great teammate, and nobody can question the passion with which he plays the game, or how important he has been to the Patriots success. Although he is disappointed that he won’t be able to line up alongside his teammates this weekend against the Broncos, he won’t let these rumors serve as a distraction and has no intention of making any further comment whatsoever concerning any of these issues.”
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Aaron Wilson covers the Ravens for The Baltimore Sun.