Patriots' Spikes says recovery from knee surgery 'going well'

New England Patriots linebacker Brandon Spikes, who came out of Super Bowl XLVI requiring knee surgery, said Sunday that his recovery is going well following an arthroscopic surgery that took place a few weeks ago.

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"It's going good. I'm just rehabbing, trying to get better, staying on top of it," Spikes told the Boston Herald. "I had surgery a couple weeks ago. This was like my first surgery ever. But it's going well. It was just something that needed to be done, so I make sure I don't do anything to it in the upcoming season."

Spikes had an injury-plagued 2011 season. He missed the opener with an ankle injury and went down again with a knee injury against the New York Giants in the regular season, causing him to miss seven games before returning as a starter for the postseason.

"It's tough for me, being right there," Spikes said of losing the Super Bowl to the Giants. " 'Almost' is not good enough. I think guys are going to be hungrier. I was blessed enough to play on the big stage. We were right there. I don't like talking about it. It's tough to swallow sometimes."

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