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NFL fines three Patriots defenders for hits on Fitzpatrick, Spiller

By Tim Graham

The NFL fined a pair of New England Patriots linebackers and a cornerback for transgressions committed against the Buffalo Bills last Sunday.

The league zapped Patriots linebacker Brandon Spikes $25,000 for his helmet-to-helmet hit of Bills quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick in the fourth quarter. The blast knocked off Fitzpatrick's helmet and led to a heated exchange on the field.

"Spikes is an emotional player," Fitzpatrick said after the game. "I think he's a punk at times. He took a cheap shot at Scott in the first game and was doing a lot of jabbering and talking and hitting out there.

"He's not one of my favorite players, not high on my list. ... I think it's important to make sure you don't back down from anybody."

Spikes previously got fined $21,000 for an illegal blindside hit on Bills tight end Scott Chandler during an interception return in Week Four.

The NFL also fined Patriots cornerback Alfonzo Dennard $7,875 for an out-of-bounds hit on Fitzpatrick in the second quarter and linebacker Jerod Mayo $10,000 for his out-of-bounds tackle of Bills running back C.J. Spiller in the fourth quarter.

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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

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Jay Skurski

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