Spikes expects to be ready for opener

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Patriots linebacker Brandon Spikes signs an autograph for a fan.

MANSFIELD, Mass. -- Patriots linebacker Brandon Spikes, who is recovered from an ankle injury and returned to practice Tuesday for the first time in weeks, said he believes he will be ready for the season opener Sept. 12.

Spikes shared his thoughts at a Reebok autograph signing at Sports Authority in Mansfield.

"Right now, I am just excited," Spikes said. "We added a lot of guys, so the toolbox is full of tools, and stuff I can do with the guys up front. I'm looking forward to Monday night."

Spikes touched on the frustration he felt being injured after a strong start to camp.

"Not being on the field, it's been kind of tough, but I've been trying to keep up, off the field, as far as film work and being ready for when my number is called," he said.

More from Spikes a bit later, including his thoughts on Twitter.