Patriots' Brace lands on IR with elbow injury; Spikes back

The New England Patriots placed defensive lineman Ron Brace on season-ending injured reserve Monday because of an ailing elbow.

The two-year NFL veteran was hurt in the next-to-last regular-season game, a 34-3 victory over the Buffalo Bills, and didn't play in Sunday's 38-7 win over the Miami Dolphins.

The move opens a roster spot filled by rookie linebacker Brandon Spikes, who was eligible to return Monday after serving a four-game suspension for violating the league's policy on performance-enhancing substances. The Boston Herald confirmed that Spikes was back on the Patriots' roster.

The Patriots also cut defensive lineman Lorenzo Washington from their practice squad.

New England has a bye before facing the Kansas City Chiefs, Baltimore Ravens or New York Jets in the playoffs.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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