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Patriots Notebook

Bills’ Ryan Fitzpatrick calls Brandon Spikes a ‘punk’

FOXBOROUGH — It wasn’t the first time the Bills had been displeased with Patriots linebacker Brandon Spikes. In the first game this season between New England and Buffalo, Spikes laid a hard hit on tight end Scott Chandler, a hit that was still fresh in their minds when Spikes smashed into quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick in the fourth quarter on Sunday.

The hit drew a roughing-the-passer penalty, and an expletive from Fitzpatrick toward Spikes. It drew an equally strong reaction after the game.

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