Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Like Talib, Spikes throws flag on Pats' injury report


Upon signing with the Denver Broncos last week, cornerback Aqib Talib said he hasn't had a hip ailment since playing with the Tampa Bay Bucaneers two years ago despite the New England Patriots putting him on the injury report, citing his hip, within the last two seasons.

Talib said it was in fact a quad injury that held him back, "but that's how they do things [in New England]."

And after joining the rival Buffalo Bills this week, former Patriots linebacker Brandon Spikes joined the conversation.

"I know, I heard they put me on IR and stuff like that. That was just a false report," Spikes told WGR 550 Monday, via WEEI, of how his 2013 season ended. "That’s just how things go there. Almost like what happened with (Aqib) Talib and his hip."

It's not the first (two) times people have rolled their eyes at the Patriots' injury report practices, as it's common for coach Bill Belichick to have a large chunk of his roster on the injury list seemingly every week.

For example, quarterback Tom Brady has been an injury-report regular for years despite his starting every single game the past dozens seasons, aside from 2008, when he was lost for the year to a knee ailment.

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