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Pats' Spikes Suspended For Rest Of Regular Season

New England Patriots linebacker Brandon Spikes during an NFL game against the Baltimore Ravens at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass. Sunday, Oct. 17, 2010. (AP)
New England Patriots linebacker Brandon Spikes during an NFL game against the Baltimore Ravens at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass. Sunday, Oct. 17, 2010. (AP)

The NFL has suspended New England Patriots linebacker Brandon Spikes four games without pay for violating the league's policy on performance-enhancing substances.

Spikes, the team's second leading tackler, will miss the rest of the regular season, starting Sunday at the Chicago Bears. The rookie drafted in the second round from Florida will be eligible to rejoin the active roster after the finale at home against Miami, and would be eligible for the playoffs.

Spikes said in a statement issued by the Patriots that the substance "was a medication that I should have gotten clarification on before taking. It was not a performance enhancer or an illegal drug."

He apologized to his teammates, fans and the Patriots organization.

This program aired on December 10, 2010. The audio for this program is not available.

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