According to Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald, linebacker Brandon Spikes didn’t show up for organized team activities, but plans on attending the Patriots’ mini camp sessions.
The OTA’s are voluntary and Spikes clearly feels like working out on his own is the best thing.
The Patriots began their offseason program April 15, and the rest of the starters have been accounted for at some point along the way. It’s also common for players to come and go as they please during the voluntary portion. The third and final phase began today, and it includes four weeks of organized team activities and a mandatory minicamp, which runs June 11-13. Spikes will be in town in time for that, if not sooner.
Three OTAs (tomorrow, May 29 and June 4) will be open to the media. When practice attendance is taken and Spikes’ absence is noted, the reason is now clear.