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Patriots release LB Brandon Spikes amid police investigation

A sedan registered to Brandon Spikes was found abandoned on a Foxborough highway on Sunday morning.

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The New England Patriots officially released Brandon Spikes on Monday morning, one day after police began investigating the linebacker for a potential hit-and-run incident.

A 2011 Mercedes-Benz sedan registered to Spikes was found abandoned in the median strip of a Foxborough, Mass. highway after police were notified of the vehicle at about 3:20 a.m. on Sunday, according to the Boston Globe. The vehicle had damage to the front and an OnStar on-board navigation representative told police that the driver reported hitting a deer.

No evidence of deer was found nearby, although another sedan reported being rear-ended along the same stretch of highway around the same time. The three occupants of the vehicle were all taken the hospital with minor injuries and told police that they did not see the other car.

Police didn't initially connect the two crashes while they investigated the incidents, but charges against Spikes have not been filed yet.

Spikes was drafted by the Patriots in the second round of the 2010 NFL Draft and played four seasons with the team before signing with the Buffalo Bills in 2014. He signed a one-year deal in May to return to the Patriots.