Pats cleared of injury wrongdoing

Pats cleared of injury wrongdoing
April 24, 2014, 9:30 pm
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After an investigation, the Patriots were cleared by the NFL of tinkering with injury reports for Aqib Talib and Brandon Spikes.

“It was determined that the Patriots complied with the injury report procedures regarding both players,” NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said via email.

The cause for curiosity began in mid-March.

After signing in Denver, Talib said the Patriots listed him as having an injured hip during his time in New England but that it was actually his quadriceps.

“I haven't had a hip problem since Tampa,” Talib insisted. “The Patriots have their way of reporting stuff, but I haven't had a hip problem since Tampa. The injury I had was actually a quad injury, it was reported as a hip injury, but that's how they do things."

The hip flexor Talib has dealt with through the years is the hard-to-heal spot at the top of the quad that wraps around the hip and to the back.

For whatever reason, he decided to go anatomical with the Denver media.

Brandon Spikes, who battled a knee injury for much of 2013 before being placed on injured reserve at the start of the playoffs on a day he didn’t come into work, soon followed Talib’s intimation with an oblique statement of his own.

Asked about landing on IR, Spikes said, "That's just how things go there. Almost like what happened with [Aqib] Talib and his hip."

The commonality between Talib’s hip flexor that he described as a quad and Spikes’ lingering knee injury that was the listed reason for him being IR’d is elusive.

But the whole thing seemed like two guys in new places ingratiating themselves to their new clubs.

It’s not like the Patriots are Eagle Scouts when it comes to divulging injuries. But the hue and cry caused by two guys spitballin’ was out of whack.