Douglas Jones-US PRESSWIRE
Heading into his third year, Brandon Spikes was hoping to put his injury-plagued past behind him, but it appears he hasn't gotten over that hurdle quite yet.
Spikes missed yet another practice on Wednesday for undisclosed reasons, and as a result, he is unlikely to play in the Patriots' preseason opener. He passed his physical in July after having his knee scoped in February, but the grind of early camp contact has obviously taken a toll on his body.
His absence likely opens up more opportunities for rookie Dont'a Hightower and Dan Fletcher, as Tracy White is also expected to sit.
Spikes, 24, has missed a total of 12 games since his selection in the 2010 draft and has only managed 14 starts over his first two seasons. If these issues continue, New England's selection of Hightower may become more and more important.