Fitzpatrick calls Spikes a 'punk' after hit

November, 11, 2012
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Jared Wickerham/Getty ImagesBrandon Spikes drove Ryan Fitzpatrick into the ground helmet-first on this hit.
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Buffalo Bills quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick called New England Patriots linebacker Brandon Spikes a “punk” after the Patriots’ 37-31 win, during which Spikes was called for an unnecessary roughness penalty on a third-quarter shot to Fitzpatrick’s head that left him on the ground without a helmet.

"I think the biggest thing is we're not going to back down from anybody," Fitzpatrick said after Sunday’s Bills loss. "I think that Spikes is an emotional player. I think that he's a punk, at times. (He) took a cheap shot at Scott (Chandler) in the first game (the teams played this season). He 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."

The hit on Bills tight end Chandler that Fitzpatrick referred to resulted in Spikes receiving a $21,000 fine from the NFL and forced Chandler out of the game with a concussion.
Field Yates has previous experience interning with the New England Patriots on both their coaching and scouting staffs. A graduate of Wesleyan University (CT), he is a regular contributor to ESPN Boston's Patriots coverage and ESPN Insider.

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