Patriots release Spikes after his car found abandoned

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP MODIFIED) — The Patriots have released linebacker Brandon Spikes after a damaged car belonging to Spikes was found abandoned in the median of Interstate 495 over the weekend. There is currently an investigation underway.

The 2011 Mercedes-Maybach was found with front-end damage at about 3:30 a.m. Sunday in Foxborough after the operator via the OnStar on-board navigation system reported hitting a deer, state police spokesman David Procopio said in a statement. It’s not clear who had been driving.

“Whoever had been driving it was no longer at the scene,” Procopio said. “Investigation indicates the Mercedes is registered to Brandon Spikes. No deer was located.”

A short time later, troopers responded to a report that a Nissan Murano, also on I-495 in the same area as the abandoned car, had been rear-ended by a vehicle the occupants did not see. Three people — a 52-year-old man, a 32-year-old woman and a 12-year-old boy, all from Billerica — were taken to the hospital with minor injuries, authorities said.

Police say they have contacted Spikes and are investigating whether the incidents are related. So far, no connection has been established and no charges have been filed.

Phone and email messages left Monday with Spikes’ agent weren’t immediately returned.

“We are aware of the report and we are looking into the matter, but I don’t have any additional comment at this time,” Patriots spokesman Stacey James said.

Spikes was drafted out of Florida by the Patriots in 2010. He spent the first four years of his career with the team before playing last season with the Buffalo Bills. He re-signed with the Patriots last month.

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