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The four-game suspension of Brandon Spikes has been confirmed by multiple outlets, including NFL Network's Albert Breer, and it will go into effect Sunday when the New England Patriots play at the Chicago Bears.
Spikes apparently considered appealing but didn't want to risk missing any games in the playoffs -- a four-game suspension starting this weekend means he'll be cleared to play by the postseason.
Via the Patriots official Twitter, Spikes released his statement:
"I've been contacted by the NFL and informed that I will be suspended 4 games for the detection of an illegal substance in a drug test. The substance was a medication that I should have gotten clarification on before taking. It was not a performance enhancer or an illegal drug. The integrity of the game is very important to me. I understand the league's ruling and apologize to my teammates, the fans and the Patriots organization for this mistake."
The NFL has said suspension is classified as "performance enhancing." Spikes will be eligible to return on Jan. 3, the day after the Patriots' regular season finale. Until then, he is not allowed to practice or attend the team's facility.
over 2 years ago Update 2 comments
Brandon Spikes wasn't seen at the New England Patriots' practice the past two days, and now we may know why. According to the Boston Herald's Ian Rapoport, the rookie linebacker has been suspended four games for a violation of the NFL's banned substances rules. Rapoport makes a point to say it is not for "ingesting a steroid."
Nothing has been made official by the league as of now, but Rapoport says Spikes will not appeal and instead just hope to be back for the playoffs.
Spikes was drafted by the Patriots with the 30th overall pick in the second round of the 2010 NFL Draft, out of Florida. He's played every game this season, and is fourth on the team with 61 tackles.
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