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Former Patriots allege team falsifies injury reports

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TSN.ca Staff
3/20/2014 1:59:03 PM
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The New England Patriots have a history of falsifying injury reports. This according to former linebacker Brandon Spikes and cornerback Aqib Talib.

In an interview with WGR Buffalo, Spikes, recently signed by the Bills, alleges that he was placed on injured reserve last season and didn't know why.

"I heard they put me on IR and stuff like that," Spikes said. "That was just a false report. That's just how things go there. Almost like what happened with Talib and his hip."

After signing with the Denver Broncos, Talib claimed that he never had any sort of hip injury as was reported multiple times by the team last season.

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

When Spikes ended the season last year on IR, the Patriots stated that it was a mutual decision between the player and the team, but Spikes's agent denies this was the case.

"The team's decision to place Brandon on injured reserve was not a mutual decision, nor need it be," said Gary Uberstine in a statement. "Brandon had every intention to keep playing throughout the playoffs, despite the pain he was experiencing throughout the season."

The NFL expects teams to report their injuries accurately. It is unknown as of yet whether or not the league intends to investigate these allegations.

Brandon Spikes (Photo: Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

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