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 told the Globe 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 (they run through Thursday, with Wednesday’s practice open to the media).
But Spikes will be there when the Patriots hold their mandatory minicamp 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.
Then there was one
The Patriots announced the signings of fourth-round Josh Boyce and seventh-round pick Michael Buchanan. Boyce, a receiver out of Texas Christian, was the 102d selection overall after catching a school-record 61 passes for 891 yards and seven touchdowns.
Buchanan was the 226th overall pick out of Illinois. The second-team All-Big Ten defensive end had 57 tackles and 4½ sacks last season.
Second-round selection Aaron Dobson, a receiver out of Marshall, is the lone unsigned pick.
On the radio
ESPN Radio announced it will broadcast Patriots games nationally.
If Patriots fans not in the New England area want to hear Bob Socci and Scott Zolak call the games, they can still tune in to the team’s website.
ESPN also has signed individual multiyear agreements with the Giants, Jets, Steelers, and Dolphins for out-of-market Sunday afternoon syndication rights beginning with the 2013 season, the first time ESPN Radio will broadcast NFL games nationally on its network.
The ESPN broadcasts will utilize the network’s own announcers. Thus far the only announcers named are Herm Edwards, Bill Polian and former Patriots center Damien Woody.