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PATRIOTS Notebook

Aqib Talib praises Bills’ Stevie Johnson

FOXBOROUGH — Don’t expect Patriots cornerback Aqib Talib to get dragged into a war of words with Bills receiver Stevie Johnson. Blame the NBA.

Johnson raised more than a few eyebrows in these parts when he said this week that nobody in the Patriots secondary could cover him. Surely that would get a rise out of Talib, who will likely line up opposite the confident receiver in Sunday’s season opener at Buffalo, at least occasionally.

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