Every Tuesday on ESPNBoston.com, questions from Patriots followers are answered as part of a weekly mailbag. This week's mailbag has been posted and includes some of the following topics:
2. How the Patriots might account for the season-ending injury to linebacker Brandon Spikes.
3. Deion Branch signing with the Colts and his possible impact -- on the field and from a Patriots-based intelligence standpoint.
4. Could Ryan Mallett be of interest to the Texans and new head coach Bill O'Brien?
5. Projecting ahead to the draft and the defensive tackle spot.