Spikes fined $25k for Fitzpatrick hit

November, 16, 2012
11/16/12
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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Patriots linebacker Brandon Spikes was fined $25,000 for his hit on Bills quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick last Sunday that prompted Fitzpatrick to later call him a "punk at times."

Spikes, who said Thursday that he was anticipating a fine, was penalized on the play which came with 10:36 remaining in the fourth quarter. After the play, Bills quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick -- who had his helmet knocked off by the hit -- got in Spikes' space.

Later in the fourth quarter, linebacker Jerod Mayo tackled running back C.J. Spiller after Spiller ran out of bounds and was penalized for unnecessary roughness.

Mayo was fined $10,000 for the late hit.

In addition, rookie cornerback Alfonzo Dennard was fined $7,875 for unnecessary roughness for a late hit on Fitzpatrick, which came out of bounds in the second quarter.

Mike Reiss

ESPN New England Patriots reporter

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