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Brandon Spikes elects to work out on his own

Brandon Spikes

New England Patriots middle linebacker Brandon Spikes faces reporters in the team’s locker room at Gillette Stadium following NFL football practice in Foxborough, Mass., Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2013. The Patriots host the Houston Texans on Sunday in ab AFC divisional playoff game. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)


Patriots linebacker Brandon Spikes is not volunteering for voluntary workouts.

And while that seems like the definition of no news, the fact it’s so unusual makes it so.

According to Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald, Spikes has been working out on his own, and isn’t staying away because he’s unhappy with his contract, which expires after this season. Every other starter has been at the facility in some capacity since the offseason program began on April 15.

A source told Howe that Spikes would report by or before the team’s June 11-13 minicamp.

The team is having an open-to-the-media OTA tomorrow, giving Patriots coach Bill Belichick a chance to discuss Spikes’ absence.

I’m sure it will be an enlightening conversation.