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Spikes has no need for bye: 'I feel like I'm 18'

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Spikes has no need for bye: 'I feel like I'm 18'

FOXBORO -- If you've seen him play, you already know. Brandon Spikes likes to hit people.

"There's no greater feeling than when you can impose your will on another man and absolutely just stop what he trying to get done," Spikes said Thursday with a smile. "It's kind of fun. I get a kick out of it."

He likes other things too, like spending time with his family, which he said he'll do this weekend.

But Spikes really likes to hit people. He really likes football. And he really wants to see his team get better for the second half of the season.

For that reason, he's not the bye week's biggest fan.

"Me personally, I'm still gonna be working," Spikes said when asked for his bye-week plans.

"I'm not just saying that. I wanna just be a professional. I wanna be the best at my position. I can't let a day get by. I'm definitely going to enjoy my family but at the same time, still trying to get the edge."

Even after eight weeks of solidifying a reputation as one of the game's hardest-hitting linebackers, he doesn't feel the need to rest his body. It's just not for him.

"Honestly, this the best I ever felt in my life," he said. "I feel like I'm 18 . . . I feel great, man. Seriously. I'm a physical guy but I'm a big boneded guy, I don't really feel none of it. It's the bye, I'm gonna enjoy it, but at the same time, I'm trying to get better."

Spikes has been one of the handful of pleasant surprises on the Patriots defense this season. He's been an active presence in the middle of the field, on pace for his first 100-tackle season as a pro. He's forced three fumbles, recorded one sack, and his pass defense seems to be improving slowly but surely.

With his help, the Patriots have the eighth-best run defense in the league, allowing 88.6 yards per game. They are also tied with the Dolphins for first in the league allowing just 3.5 yards per carry.

Easy to see why Spikes wants to keep rolling.

"I think we got a ways to go," he said. "It's like a roller coaster. I'm like a professional, I want to play well every game. If we can just stay on point and just keep trying to attack and get better each week, I think we have a chance to be good."

Agent says Gordon Hayward is unlikely to return this season

Agent says Gordon Hayward is unlikely to return this season

Gordon Hayward had surgery on his left ankle Wednesday night.

While there was hope he could return, Hayward's agent told Adrian Wojnarowski that the Celtics forward is unlikely to play for the remainder of the season.

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Hayward suffered the injury in the first quarter of Boston’s 102-99 loss at Cleveland on Tuesday.

The 6-foot-8 All-Star landed awkwardly on his ankle after a lob pass by Kyrie Irving was deflected by LeBron James.

“We’re expecting this to be a full recovery,” Celtics head coach Brad Stevens said Wednesday, “No timeline on it but a full recovery.”

NBC SPORTS BOSTON SCHEDULE

BOSTON SPORTS TONIGHT PODCAST: Celtics drop back-to-back games

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BOSTON SPORTS TONIGHT PODCAST: Celtics drop back-to-back games

0:41 - Michael Holley, Tom Giles, and Kayce Smith give their thoughts on Kyrie Irving’s struggles, not having Gordon Hayward, and the Celtics losing for the 2nd time in as many nights.

6:31 - A. Sherrod Blakely joins BST to discuss the message delivered by Hayward to the fans before the game, what was going on with Kyrie’s shot, and why they failed in stopping The Greek Freak.

10:33 - Albert Breer joins BST to preview the Falcons/Patriots Sunday night game and if Atlanta is in the middle of a Super Bowl hangover.

15:40 - In a new game called On The Clock, each person gets 40 seconds to rant on their selected subject including if Red Sox fans can root for the Yankees if the playoffs and how painful the Bruins season will be. 

NBC SPORTS BOSTON SCHEDULE