Return to field energizes Spikes

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- The biggest story from Patriots training camp on Tuesday was the return of linebacker Brandon Spikes, who had watched team drills from the sideline for the first four days of practice.

For several reps of 11-on-11 drills on Tuesday, Spikes was part of a linebacker group that also included veteran Jerod Mayo and rookie Dont'a Hightower. His return brought noticeable energy to the defense, with Spikes leading the celebration when a screen pass was sniffed out by the defense on one play.

"It was just the energy, the happiness," Spikes explained. "I was just excited."

After missing all of offseason practices recovering from an offseason knee procedure, Spikes was in uniform for the start of training camp but wasn't ready to fully practice.

"I guess you could say that (I was limited)," Spikes said. "I was just doing what I was told to do. Just trying to fight back to get ready. Day by day."