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Brandon Spikes fined $21,000 for Scott Chandler blindside hit

By Tim Graham

The NFL has fined New England Patriots linebacker Brandon Spikes $21,000 for an illegal blindside hit on Buffalo Bills tight end Scott Chandler.

Spikes launched himself at Chandler, striking him in the head on a fourth-quarter interception return Sunday in Ralph Wilson Stadium. No penalty was called on the play, but the hit knocked Chandler out of the game.

Chandler was medically cleared for contact by Monday and didn't miss any practice this week.

Bills defensive tackle Kyle Williams was fined $15,750 for his roughing-the-passer penalty on Tom Brady. The sanction was for striking a quarterback below the knee.

Williams revealed Monday that he had been fined $15,000. He disagreed with the call and has said he will appeal the fine.

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Tim Graham

Tim Graham

Tim Graham returned to The Buffalo News in 2011 after covering the NFL for three years at ESPN and for one year at the Palm Beach Post. Before that, the Cleveland native spent seven seasons on the Buffalo Sabres beat for The News and was president of the Boxing Writers Association of America.

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Mark Gaughan

Mark Gaughan

Buffalo native Mark Gaughan started working at The News in 1980 and has been covering the Bills exclusively since 1992. He is a former president of the Pro Football Writers of America, and he is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame selection committee.

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Jay Skurski

Jay Skurski

Jay Skurski joined The News in January 2009. The Lewiston native attended St. Francis High School before graduating from the University of South Florida. He writes a weekly Fantasy column in addition to his beat writing duties.

@JaySkurski | jskurski@buffnews.com

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