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Patriots' Brandon Spikes Undergoes Surprise Surgery (Updated)

FOXBORO, MA - JANUARY 14:  Brandon Spikes #55 of the New England Patriots reacts after he recovered a fumble by Tim Tebow #15 of the Denver Broncos in the first quarter during their AFC Divisional Playoff Game at Gillette Stadium on January 14, 2012 in Foxboro, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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Aaron DodgeAnalyst IFebruary 21, 2012

Update (5:00PM):

Source: Patriots LB Brandon Spikes underwent surgery on his right knee to clean out some cartilage. Source said it "went very well."

— Ian R. Rapoport (@RapSheet) February 21, 2012

Brandon Spikes sent New Englanders scrambling to the news wires today as he announced via twitter that he was having an operation of some sort. No further information has been released by Spikes' official feed and the Patriots, obviously and understandably, intend to remain silent with regard to the issue.

The second-year product, and former second round pick, made strides in 2011 as he began to develop into a consistent, play-making presence standing up behind the defensive line.

Spikes, who suffered an ankle injury in the pre-season, was limited over the first two weeks of the year. Making his return to the starting lineup in week three, Spikes rattled off six consecutive starts before succumbing to an injury to his MCL in week nine.

During that stretch of consecutive starts Spikes more than made his name known. He collected 50 total tackles during that run, good enough for 8.3 a game.

The knee surgery forced him to miss seven games and it wasn't until the final game of the regular season that Spikes' health began to show the necessary improvements required to play.

And man did he play once he got out there.

Spikes spent half the season on the shelf, but looked phenomenal during the playoff run. Racking up 26 tackles, a sack, two pass defended, an interception, and a forced fumble in three games, Spikes displayed all of the reasons he remained on the active roster throughout his injury.

New England managed to survive the loss of Spikes for extended periods in 2011, but it's clear they're a better team with him on the field. While concrete information on the procedure is difficult to find at the moment, one things for sure—an offseason surgery is much preferred over a surgery of the mid-season variety. 

Spikes should have ample time to heal from this latest adventure under the knife and should be ready to go for OTAs.

Check back for updates on this developing situation.

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