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Takeo still pulls for the Bills

Posted by Chris Brown on April 1, 2014 – 2:17 pm

As we profiled on Buffalobills.com, former Buffalo Pro Bowl LB Takeo Spikes has been reconnected to the team through his younger cousin Brandon Spikes, who will wear the same jersey number and play the same position as Spikes did in Buffalo. Spikes in a conversation with Buffalobills.com said even though his NFL career is over and he played for five teams, he pulls for one team more than any other.

“This is the truth when I say this,” Spikes told Buffalobills.com. ‘There is no team I pull for more than the Buffalo Bills because I feel those fans deserve it more than anyone else in the league. They really do.”

Spikes said with his younger cousin now playing in Buffalo he will try to come up and take in a home game this fall.


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Spikes gets caught up in March Madness

Posted by Chris Brown on March 24, 2014 – 9:12 am

Bills LB Brandon Spikes got into a bet on Twitter on the Villanova-UCONN game over the weekend. He thought Nova was going to bounce their former Big East rival UCONN in their second round matchup Saturday and tweeted as much. A fan responded with a friendly wager that Spikes accepted.

A fan from Dartmouth, New Hampshire proposed that UCONN had to not only beat Villanova, but win by at least seven and if they did Spikes had to buy him tickets to the Bills-Patriots game in New England this fall. If Villanova won, the fan had to wear Spikes new Bills jersey to the Bills-Patriots game.

The Huskies won by 12 Saturday night and Spikes will have to make good on a pair of seats at Gillette Stadium this fall. The New England fan, 25-year old Matt Alfonso, said he’ll grab Spikes new Bills jersey on his own dime anyway.

Here was Spikes response to Alfonso, promising to have the tickets for him.

Spikes’ Florida Gators are still in the tournament. They’ll face UCLA in Memphis later this week.


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Spikes already dreaming about playing Pats

Posted by Chris Brown on March 17, 2014 – 3:11 pm

He’s only been a Bills linebacker for a few days after signing with the club late last week, but he’s already been dreaming about facing his old team twice this fall.

Brandon Spikes is an intense competitor and while he said he’ll have life long friends on that roster, it’s clear facing New England will hold a lot of meaning for him this coming season.

“It’s going to be emotional for me,” said Spikes. “I have dreamt about it already. I believe it’ll be an emotional game. I’ll probably be in tears the entire game. I know it’s going to be a battle. It’s definitely going to be a battle for all time. I’m looking forward to that and I’ll definitely be dreaming about it every night until it comes this fall.”


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LB Spikes says he’s healthy

Posted by Chris Brown on March 7, 2014 – 10:52 am

On Buffalobills.com today (Friday) we previewed the free agent market at linebacker, which is expected to include New England’s Brandon Spikes. Spikes, however, dealt with a knee injury for much of the season. With the free agent market set to open next week, the linebacker insisted he’s healthy.

ESPN Boston reporter Field Yates quoted Spikes from an appearance on NFLAM on NFL Network where Spikes confirmed his clean bill of health.

We listed Spikes as a possible free agent addition for the Bills if they’re interested in adding some attitude and a run stuffing specialist to their front seven.


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Choice takes issue with Spikes actions

Posted by Chris Brown on November 12, 2012 – 4:54 pm

Bad enough that Patriots LB Brandon Spikes had an illegal helmet to helmet hit on Ryan Fitzpatrick that drew a flag and a likely fine from the league. Spikes also showboated after his hit on Fred Jackson that have him a concussion. That didn’t sit well with Tashard Choice.

“I don’t like to see anybody get hurt and then on top of that (Spikes) making fun of him while he’s on the ground. That really got me stirred up,” said Tashard Choice of the Patriot linebacker’s actions, “He’ll get his though. When players go down from concussions they’re serious. He wasn’t moving. It’s cool to make a big hit, but it’s not cool when somebody is down like that. He’s a good player, but you don’t do that.”


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Fitz calls Pats LB Spikes “a punk”

Posted by Chris Brown on November 11, 2012 – 6:25 pm

Bills QB Ryan Fitzpatrick had his helmet knocked clean off his head by Patriots LB Brandon Spikes on an illegal helmet-to-helmet hit that was flagged by officials in the fourth quarter. When Fitzpatrick got back up minus his helmet he went and confronted Spikes face to face. He also had some choice words to describe the type of player he thinks Spikes is after the game.

“I think the biggest thing is we’re not going to back down from anybody,” said Fitzpatrick. “Spikes is an emotional player. I think he’s a punk at times and took a cheap shot at Scott in the first game and was doing a lot of jabbering and talking and hitting out there. Not one of my favorite players. Not high on my list. I think that’s our mentality and I think it’s important that you make sure you don’t back down from anybody.”

Spikes was fined $21 thousand for the cheap shot he took on Scott Chandler in the first meeting between the two teams. He’s likely to draw another fine from the league for his latest dirty hit, which could be even more money being a repeat offender. 

Jerod Mayo was also flagged for unnecessary roughness when he body slammed C.J. Spiller to the ground out of bounds later in the fourth quarter. The penalty led to a Donald Jones touchdown.


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Pats LB Spikes fined for Chandler hit

Posted by Chris Brown on October 5, 2012 – 4:44 pm

New England Patriots LB Brandon Spikes, who forced a pair of fumbles in the Pats’ Week 4 win over Buffalo, also cold-cocked Scott Chandler after a second half interception play. The NFL caught up with him Friday as he was slapped with a sizable fine.

According to ESPNBoston.com Spikes confirmed he was hit with a $21 thousand fine for an illegal blindside block. Spikes made helmet to helmet contact on the play and forced Chandler from the game with a head injury. He did not return to the game, but did pass concussion tests conducted by the team’s medical staff. He’s listed as probable for Sunday’s game against San Francisco.

Bills GM Buddy Nix didn’t appreciate the hit. When asked in his weekly radio appearance on WGR Sportsradio 550 if Chandler said anything to coach Gailey or him about the hit Nix said there was a reason Chandler didn’t.

“Chandler didn’t say anything because he was out of the game. He went to the dressing room after that lick. We turn something into the league every week and we get a response every week. That was done and normally publicly nothing ever comes of it, but it was a flagrant late hit.”


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Pats LB a game time decision?

Posted by Chris Brown on September 26, 2010 – 9:59 am

Patriots ILB Brandon Spikes was added to the injury report on Friday as probable with a calf injury might be more iffy than some might think.

ESPNBoston.com’s Mike Reiss is reporting that several New England assistants just watched Spikes trying to warm up on the field.

New England just promoted LB Shawn Crable from their practice squad to the 53-man roster late this week, but Spikes’ fellow rookie might be the player that dresses here this afternoon per Reiss.


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