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Veteran LB unaccustomed to spectator's role

Bills LB Takeo Spikes is accustomed to causing pain and suffering, but his season-ending injury has been a trying experience at times.

Updated: December 15, 2005, 1:05 PM ET
By Wayne Drehs | ESPN.com

ATLANTA -- The bedroom is silent, dimly lit, its grayish-beige walls as expressionless as the Pro Bowl linebacker who sits within them.

To the man's right, a remote control. To his left, an NFL call sheet. And on the flat screen in front of him, images from a recent NFL game. One by one the frames go by, his defense struggling to slow the opponent. A run to the left. A pass to the right. A draw up the middle.

Not once does the man see himself. Not once does No. 51 toss aside ...

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