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Fitzpatrick says Spikes is ‘a punk at times’

Bills quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick lost his helmet after he was leveled by linebacker Brandon Spikes, who was called for a penalty on the play.

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Bills quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick lost his helmet after he was leveled by linebacker Brandon Spikes, who was called for a penalty on the play.

FOXBOROUGH – It wasn’t the first time the Bills had been displeased with Patriots linebacker Brandon Spikes. In the first game 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.

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

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“We’re not going to back down from anybody. Spikes is an emotional player,” Fitzpatrick said. “I think he’s a punk at times. He took a cheap shot at Scott [Chandler] in the first game, and he was doing a lot of jabbering and talking and getting out there.

“Not one of my favorite players. Not high on my list.”

Center Eric Wood called Spikes a “headhunter.” He added, “I guess he was trying to take Fitz out of the game.”

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