Inside linebacker Brandon Spikes was the only player not in attendance last week when the Patriots hit the field for the first week of voluntary Organized Team Activities, otherwise known as “practices in shorts.” And that’s not going to change this week.
But when attendance is mandatory, Spikes will be in Foxborough with his teammates.
A league source said Tuesday that Spikes, set to make $630,000 this year in the final year of his rookie contract, will continue to work out on his own and will not be at the Patriots’ OTAs this week (it runs through Thursday, with Wednesday’s practice open to the media).
But Spikes will be there when the Patriots hold their mandatory minicamp on June 11-13.
Of course, the Patriots have no recourse against Spikes if he skips an OTA, but they can fine him up to $60,000 if he skips the minicamp, per the CBA – $10,000 for missing the first day, $20,000 for the second day and $30,000 for the third day.
Spikes had 92 tackles, one sack, five forced fumbles and seven passes defended last year in 15 games at inside linebacker (14 starts). Overall he has started 28 games in three seasons since the Patriots drafted him in the second round in 2010.