Spikes has sprained MCL, timetable uncertain

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Spikes has sprained MCL, timetable uncertain

FOXBORO - There's been a rash of sprained MCLs on the Patriots this season and Brandon Spikes is the latest to suffer one. The Patriots' middle linebacker went down in the third quarter of a game he was playing well in against the Giants. How long will Spikes be gone? Well, the injury is the same as fellow linebacker Jerod Mayo suffered in Oakland. Mayo missed the next two games and also sat out the bye week (like all his teammates) before returning against Pittsburgh. Mayo still seems to be laboring with the knee two games since his return. Aaron Hernandez, who also suffered an MCL sprain, missed two games. His explosiveness has also been reduced since coming back from the injury, which normally carries a 4 to 6-week convalesence. The Patriots play the Jets and Chiefs the next two weeks. With Mayo still not 100 percent, Spikes hurt and Gary Guyton leaving Sunday's game late as well, the Patriots are suddenly in deep linebacker trouble.

Bennett to critics: ‘You take a paycut’

Bennett to critics: ‘You take a paycut’

Martellus Bennett is as good at Twitter as he is at football. Add to that the fact that all eyes are on whether the free agent will stay in New England and the @MartysaurusRex account becomes a must-follow. 

On Wednesday, Bennett put his powers to good use and shared a glimpse into his line of thinking regarding free agency.

Bennett, who could very well leave the Pats for more money, responded to a criticism of his desire to get paid and followed it with several more musings. 

Report: Belichick may be called to testify in Hernandez trial

Report: Belichick may be called to testify in Hernandez trial

Bill Belichick, identified as "William Belichick," has been added to the list of potential defense witnesses who could testify during the upcoming double-homicide trial of former Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez, according to the Boston Herald.

Per the Herald, the new list of potential witnesses for the defense also includes Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels and Steelers center Maurkice Pouncey, who was Hernandez's teammate at the University of Florida. 

Belichick, McDaniels and Pouncey aren't guaranteed to testify, but their presence on the civilian witness list makes their presence in court a possibility. 

Hernandez's trial is scheduled to start next Wednesday. He's accused of killing Daniel Jorge Correia de Abreu and Safiro Furtado back in July of 2012. Hernandez is currently serving a life sentence after being convicted of the murder Odin Lloyd in 2013.