The New England Patriots announced the release of linebacker Brandon Spikes on Monday amid an investigation into whether or not his vehicle was involved in a hit-and-run accident over the weekend that resulted in three people being hospitalized.
Spikes, 27, is the subject of a police investigation after his Maybach was found abandoned and damaged Sunday in Foxborough, Massachusetts, per Laurel J. Sweet of the Boston Herald. According to Gail Waterhouse of Fox 25 in Boston, "at around the same time in the same area of 495 north, a 2009 Nissan Murano was reported hit... The occupants reported being rear-ended by a car they did not see."
No charges have been filed against Spikes at this time, but police indicated a full report on the accident should be expected Monday.
"If the charges don't come out tonight...something will probably be coming out [Monday]," Massachusetts State Trooper Matt Guarino told Mark Daniels of the Providence Journal.
Spikes signed a one-year deal worth up to $2 million with the Patriots last month. He spent last season with the Buffalo Bills, accumulating 54 tackles and one sack. He appeared in all 16 games and started 10, though he struggled to find the level of productivity he enjoyed in New England.
The former University of Florida star spent his first four NFL seasons with the Patriots. New England signed Spikes with the expectation that he would compete at inside linebacker with Jerod Mayo, who is recovering from a torn patellar tendon, his second season-ending injury in as many years.
Under Massachusetts state law, Spikes would receive a citation if there were no witnesses for the hit-and-run.
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