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League reviewing “all aspects” of pregame scuffle in Foxboro

Buffalo Bills safety Aaron Williams (23) and New England Patriots wide receiver Malcolm Mitchell (19) have to be separated after they tangled during warm-up's before an NFL football game Sunday, Oct. 2, 2016, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola) AP

The action between the Bills and Patriots began well before the game began, thanks to a scuffle between multiple players near the New England sideline. The league has informed PFT and NBC’s Football Night in America that all aspects of the incident will be reviewed.

No flags were thrown, because no officials were on the field. No officials were on the field because the standard procedure entails the officials entering the field 50 minutes before kickoff.

That timeline could be (and arguably should be) revised, especially since pregame fouls count toward the two-strike rule that applies to certain types of unsportsmanlike conduct fouls.

The review also could result in the imposition of fines on the players and anyone else involved in the incident.

The Patriots may suspect that coach Rex Ryan instigate the brouhaha, which began when Bills safety Robert Blanton shoved Patriots quarterback Jacoby Brissett. It’s unlikely the investigation will extend quite that far, however.

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58 Responses to “League reviewing “all aspects” of pregame scuffle in Foxboro”
  1. pwellz says: Oct 2, 2016 7:17 PM

    Making Teddy Wells look at all of Sexy Rex’s texts and emails would be a fitting punishment.

  2. shadywarrior says: Oct 2, 2016 7:19 PM

    Just boys being boys, let it go. Pats had every opportunity to answer on the field and opted to just not show up for the game instead. Better not pull that for Brady’s return next weekend, this team is much better than the one that came to play today.

  3. leatherface2012 says: Oct 2, 2016 7:19 PM

    yeah yeah yeah..”review all aspects”, but yet you have officials who, lets say, seem to be pulling for one team over the other…every week of the season.

  4. bdc4411 says: Oct 2, 2016 7:21 PM

    the investigation would involve the Supreme Court if the Patriots had instigated the contact.

  5. foxboroempire says: Oct 2, 2016 7:29 PM

    Nobody cares if the Patriots aren’t the ones being accused of something.

    The Falcons, Seahawks, Broncos, Jets, and Chiefs are just some of the teams that have been caught cheating and have been fined and/or seen draft picks stripped.

    But since these teams don’t have four super bowl titles nobody cares. The same will be true here.

  6. henry53 says: Oct 2, 2016 7:32 PM

    Whatever dudes!
    .
    #TabletLivesMatter

  7. delta7x1 says: Oct 2, 2016 7:40 PM

    Tom coughlin drew up a great game plan for the bills.

  8. spillertime21 says: Oct 2, 2016 7:41 PM

    The Pats ran thru the bills warm ups. The bills responded. Then the bills dismantled the Pats and then the “die hard” Pats fans booed the home team the entire game (well, not the “die hards” that left the stadium Midway thru the 3rd qtr)
    There’s your investigation

  9. tmsclade says: Oct 2, 2016 7:43 PM

    foxboroempire says:
    Oct 2, 2016 7:29 PM

    Nobody cares if the Patriots aren’t the ones being accused of something.

    The Falcons, Seahawks, Broncos, Jets, and Chiefs are just some of the teams that have been caught cheating and have been fined and/or seen draft picks stripped.

    But since these teams don’t have four super bowl titles nobody cares. The same will be true here.
    ______________________________________

    No one makes as big of a deal about those because those teams have taken their punishment and moved on.

  10. LyinRogerMustGo says: Oct 2, 2016 7:43 PM

    My sources in the Bills building tell me they aren’t making the playoffs. Again.
    🙂

  11. jchipwood says: Oct 2, 2016 7:44 PM

    chippys lost binky says:
    Oct 2, 2016 12:36 PM
    It is what is. This game will be dictated by the defenses.
    _____________________________________

    Good call but your were only half correct.

  12. rootpain says: Oct 2, 2016 7:47 PM

    I understand the boys being boys crap. But it was a sucker move on Brissett. And Brissett was specifically targeted. Can’t be allowed, period. And shouldn’t be just a heavy fine. Because you have to stop that stuff right out of the gate. A fine and a suspension and a fine for Ryan as well.

    Sadly there probably isn’t any proof to implicate either or both of the Ryan’s. But they are not the type to give the benefit of the doubt to. What makes sense to me is Ryan one or Ryan two taking advantage of the last minute switch of quarterback by New England. And probably wondered out loud, Gee, if Brissett is unable to play then they would have to put Edelman in. And gee, if Edelman gets hurt while playing quarterback, we may actually have a chance of making the playoffs this year. Boy oh boy, I sure hope Brissett doesn’t get hurt before the game.
    Everybody has heard it said repeatedly that the Bills players would do anything for Rex. And that includes taking a suspension for acting out a well planted thought.
    It’s the kind of infraction that should definately result in Ryan being heavily fined as well.

  13. dennis2488 says: Oct 2, 2016 7:48 PM

    tom brady is getting a 4 game suspension. the patriots qbs always take a job down the sideline when they come out from underneath the stadium. not sure if some rookie for the bills thought he owned the sideline or not.

  14. jchipwood says: Oct 2, 2016 7:51 PM

    Where is chesswhileyouplaycheckers at? along with his other names? Seems like he forgot their binky.

  15. buttfumbles says: Oct 2, 2016 7:54 PM

    Making Teddy Wells look at all of Sexy Rex’s texts and emails would be a fitting punishment.
    —————–

    You really want to make him look through all of Rex’s pics/videos of his wife’s feet?

  16. whispersd says: Oct 2, 2016 7:55 PM

    Seems reasonable to apply the same sort of logic that has been used against Brady. “Nobody thinks these guys did this on their own”, right?

    Except that in this case, something actually happened, unlike in the prior case, which was instigated by the stupidest GM in the league making an unfounded accusation, which was then pre-emptively treated as true by the league.

  17. ReligionIsForIdiots says: Oct 2, 2016 7:55 PM

    Take more picks from the cheats. Not like they do anything with them anyways. That team is filled with holes. Only wins this season against dumpster teams.

  18. mjd08501 says: Oct 2, 2016 7:59 PM

    Rex Ryan instigated nothing. Brissett and Mitchell ran through the Bills warm ups, not the other way around. If anything, Belichick instigated it hoping the Bills would get overly emotional and implode like they did in Buffalo last year. Didn’t work out that way though.

    But yeah, keep acting like your team is being persecuted Pats fans. Maybe stop cheating, and stop being a bush league organization in general, and things will be just fine

  19. theringisthething says: Oct 2, 2016 7:59 PM

    Tmsclade says – No one makes as big of a deal about those (as patriots fans do) because those teams have taken their punishment and moved on.

    Right, like when the Jets took their $25,000 equipment violation fine for messing with K balls back in ’09.

    Apples and oranges dude.

  20. portnoychunk says: Oct 2, 2016 8:01 PM

    Oct 2, 2016 7:51 PM
    Where is chesswhileyouplaycheckers at? along with his other names? Seems like he forgot their binky.

    ———————————

    He’s probably out doing something productive with his life/time – give it a shot! I visit this site on a pretty infrequent basis but vereytime I do there is some inane comment from you. There’s a great big world out there – cut back on the screen time!

  21. tylawspick6 says: Oct 2, 2016 8:05 PM

    I have no idea how Blanton wasn’t ejected. It shouldn’t matter if the refs were there or not. Show the refs that video of it and let them manage the game properly.

    That cannot happen, but yet again any team trying to cheat the Pats is signed off on by Goodell.

    It’s just that simple.

    PS The game was horribly officiated from start to finish. The refs dropped an F bomb with the mic on and they admitted thy weren’t in position on a 3rd and 1 play by NE, where they incorrectly spotted the ball 1 yard short in the first place.

    The league has got to look at getting full time employees in those spots.

    Rex Ryan also orchestrated a wall of players up on the sidelines to possible injure players from the other team, back when he was with the Jets. The punishment was very minimal, so Goodell is known to side with any team up against the Pats.

    This is a second offense and as a repeat offender, we all know what Goodell says. Oh wait, except it’s not the Pats.

    It’s a rinky dink coach from a mickey mouse franchise desperate to generate excitement to get funding for a new stadium, so so Rogie will likely ignore this.

    Funny how conduct unbecoming from a head coach, whether it be Mike Tomlin or Rexie RYan, is considered minor, but when BB mocks Mangini with a video camera, it’s a 1st rd pick, 750K in fines, and an outright lie that carries on to this very day (due to a mentally insane jealousy).

    The hypocrisy is amazing.

  22. ryann252013 says: Oct 2, 2016 8:07 PM

    Rex is so bush league

  23. luponatrix says: Oct 2, 2016 8:07 PM

    Interestingly, it was the only time all afternoon that the Patriots tried to fight back.

  24. spillertime21 says: Oct 2, 2016 8:07 PM

    Root pain:
    Your story was enchanting.
    The only part you left out was Brissett running thru the bills warm-ups like an amateur.
    You blamed Rex for that. Why not blame the convicted cheat bellichek for it?

  25. realtruthteller100 says: Oct 2, 2016 8:10 PM

    brady needs to be supsended for this.

  26. jchipwood says: Oct 2, 2016 8:11 PM

    Portnoychunk I doubt it. If you visit as much as you say we both know your wrong and bitter.

  27. RE LEE says: Oct 2, 2016 8:11 PM

    Just for fun while the NFL is at it, why not investigate Rex’s claim that he had insider information. The NFL circus just might generate higher rating.

  28. abninf says: Oct 2, 2016 8:14 PM

    Oh Lord who cares. Wussies.

  29. flash1287 says: Oct 2, 2016 8:15 PM

    Someone (spillertime21)

    Is really happy the Bills won. If you’re a pats fan don’t worry you won’t hear from him ever again after next week.

    We all know how this works. The Patriots win first 3 games and the crybabies are in hiding. They lose 1 and the crybabies come out of the wood work.

    It makes him feel good, but deep down he knows the bills will fail to make the playoffs (again) and the Patriots will be back in the hunt for another SB.

  30. followme2boston says: Oct 2, 2016 8:17 PM

    In baseball one of the unwritten rules is you do not run across the opposing teams pitcher mound on your way back to the dugout. In football, I imagine you do not jog through a teams warm up in front of their bench. I understand Brissett being young and not knowing the unwritten rules of the game, but it seems like a bit of a punk move by everyone involved. Kid should not have run through the warm-ups and Bills should not have gotten pissed about it. Move on.

  31. flash1287 says: Oct 2, 2016 8:19 PM

    jchipwood says:
    Oct 2, 2016 7:51 PM
    Where is chesswhileyouplaycheckers at? along with his other names? Seems like he forgot their binky.

    Patriots 3-1 first place

    Your dolphins 1-3 last place

  32. LyinRogerMustGo says: Oct 2, 2016 8:20 PM

    RE LEE says:
    Oct 2, 2016 8:11 PM
    Just for fun while the NFL is at it, why not investigate Rex’s claim that he had insider information. The NFL circus just might generate higher rating.

    —-
    Stay tuned.
    🙂

  33. ranlgon says: Oct 2, 2016 8:20 PM

    henry53 says:
    Oct 2, 2016 7:32 PM
    Whatever dudes!
    .
    #TabletLivesMatter

    _________________________________________

    Pure genius and what’s best, most won’t have a clue what you are talking about.

  34. LyinRogerMustGo says: Oct 2, 2016 8:26 PM

    More importantly… T minus 4 hours and 6 minutes till the GOAT walks through that door and all will be well with the world.
    🙂

  35. couchbasher says: Oct 2, 2016 8:26 PM

    But the NFL won’t review professionalism during the Anthem while in an NFL uniform.. At least Roger is consistently inconsistent.

  36. a1b24312 says: Oct 2, 2016 8:29 PM

    #scufflegate

  37. jchipwood says: Oct 2, 2016 8:31 PM

    Get back to your comic books flash.

  38. Bubbalicious says: Oct 2, 2016 8:35 PM

    Does this mean Brady is going to be suspended again?

  39. RandyinRoxbury says: Oct 2, 2016 8:35 PM

    I would like to apologize for my fellow Patriots fans and they’re obnoxious behavior I stayed to the end today and did not leave early in the 4th we have a core of Die Hard fans but the majority are bandwagon front-runners.
    It’s embarrassing.

  40. whitewalkerinphilly says: Oct 2, 2016 8:39 PM

    I’m a Bills fan, and Pats fans like Florin cam sulk all they like, but I laughed at the idea of forcing Wells to look through Rex’s cell phone.

    Wells: mr. Ryan, I am looking for your plans for the week of the Patriots.
    Rex: pssssh, I leave that to Rob. These just have my press conference notes. I have to keep things fresh. Just don’t open that file.
    Wells: what, are you talking about, these are the Sammy Watkins foot injury records?
    Rex:….Well, something isn’t deflated

  41. onebuffalove716 says: Oct 2, 2016 8:47 PM

    Incredible. People spend hours trashing Rex for every loss but they win and play a really good game and non bills fans refuse to give him an ounce of credit. Instead we focus on a little scuffle thst people can’t even agree on who did what?
    We all know Ne is top dog. They just got out coached and played today.it happens. They will go 10-2 the rest of the way but enough of the ” refs gave the game to the Bills”. This is why the entire league hates you. Not jealous (well ok we are but the jealousy isn’t hatred), it’s the petulant childish acts in every loss. It’s the holier than though everybody look at us when we win and the run for the hills let’s look for excuses when we lose.
    Sometimes you just lose. Man up and move on. And unless you’re a clueless idiot, rob Ryan does not call the defense, awesome plan called by Dennis Thurman, great plan called by Lynn. Rex Ryan is the last coach in the league to earn favors from the refs so in no way did they give him the game. McDaniels was simply out coached as was NE d coach with the awesome beard. It happens so move on.

  42. flash1287 says: Oct 2, 2016 8:53 PM

    jchipwood says:
    Oct 2, 2016 8:31 PM
    Get back to your comic books flash.

    /-

    You say that all the time, I still don’t get it.

    Oh, did I mention how funny it is that you are a dolphins fan (last place team) constantly trolling patriots (first place team) articles.

    I get the Bills fans doing it (at least for a day) but a dolphins fan (you) that’s funny.

    Oh, did I mention the dolphins are in last place?

  43. brendafortheboyz says: Oct 2, 2016 8:58 PM

    The Pats looked pretty sad out there. What happened to, next man up, we could put anyone behind center and we’d win, etc??? The Bills had your # this game, and all I’ve heard is, well they were playing our 3rd string q/b, and on and on. I have been around Pats fans at a game, and I can say they were the most obnoxious fans I have ever encountered in all my years of going to games😦 I truly hope there is a large supply of extra tablets on the Pats sideline🙂 I was surprised that BB even acknowledged Rex after the game!!! Even with your “god” Brady coming back, I wouldn’t be quite so sure you will win the next game, either……..

  44. manipuraram says: Oct 2, 2016 9:01 PM

    Bills just won the super bowl in October. Oops. Rqms will cream them this week.

  45. tylawspick6 says: Oct 2, 2016 9:03 PM

    Ugh, the moron above who defends Rex having his players line up on NE’s side of the field, to claim NE was interfering with the Bills, flippn

    The whole reason this happened and it will BE ALLOWED by Goodell with no punishment of any kind, is BEACAUSE they are the Pats, and teams know Goodell will do nothing.

    That’s the whole point, you stupid kid.

    If BB sat in on a media press conference, posing as someone else or did what Rex ordered his players to do, pregame today, you know as well as ever breathing human on planet earth, BB and the Pats would be punished.

    End of story, you disingenuous twit.

  46. MichaelEdits says: Oct 2, 2016 9:06 PM

    I’m sure that was fun. Now Ryan can go back to losing and Belichick can go back to cheating. Move along, folks, there’s nothing to see here.

  47. chippys lost binky says: Oct 2, 2016 9:08 PM

    jchipwood says:
    Oct 2, 2016 7:51 PM
    Where is chesswhileyouplaycheckers at? along with his other names? Seems like he forgot their binky.
    —————————–

    I’m right here sunshine. I just got home. Unlike you I really do go to the games.

  48. mrloser444 says: Oct 2, 2016 9:08 PM

    Guess this means that the Pats will be #1 in Power Rankings this week!

    GO BRONCOS!

  49. youknowiknowitall says: Oct 2, 2016 10:28 PM

    I’m just glad I’m not a Dolphins fan. That team is putrid … again.

  50. rottenkid212 says: Oct 2, 2016 10:45 PM

    Hey Bill, this is Roger, I’d like to see your tablet at halftime.

  51. Lemmy Aksyadis says: Oct 3, 2016 7:11 AM

    brendafortheboyz says:
    Oct 2, 2016 8:58 PM

    The Pats looked pretty sad out there. What happened to, next man up, we could put anyone behind center and we’d win, etc??? The Bills had your # this game, and all I’ve heard is, well they were playing our 3rd string q/b, and on and on. I have been around Pats fans at a game, and I can say they were the most obnoxious fans I have ever encountered in all my years of going to games I truly hope there is a large supply of extra tablets on the Pats sideline I was surprised that BB even acknowledged Rex after the game!!! Even with your “god” Brady coming back, I wouldn’t be quite so sure you will win the next game, either……..
    Dallas fan trolling Pats stories?

    come back after year boys win, anything.

  52. I_Just_Like_Typing_Comments_That_Wont_Get_Published says: Oct 3, 2016 7:41 AM

    spillertime21 says:
    Oct 2, 2016 7:41 PM

    The Pats ran thru the bills warm ups. The bills responded. Then the bills dismantled the Pats and then the “die hard” Pats fans booed the home team the entire game (well, not the “die hards” that left the stadium Midway thru the 3rd qtr)
    There’s your investigation
    ======================

    Since this happened on New England’s sideline, and the Pats QB’s always run from the locker room, (on their sideline behind the endzone) and jog down the sideline to the other end zone. How exactly did they “run through Buffalo’s warm ups??? Do the Bills usually warm up on the opponents side of the field? Not even being a wise guy, I’m legit curious about this.

  53. pwb44 says: Oct 3, 2016 8:10 AM

    As you know (or should know), that is NOT the way it “started.”

  54. grumpyoleman says: Oct 3, 2016 12:46 PM

    Arguably not. Nobody cares.

  55. whitewalkerinphilly says: Oct 3, 2016 12:55 PM

    PFT getting awfully quiet about the Bills, right after they thrash the Pats.

    I think you get more noise for Tom Brady stepping on a Lego.

  56. bigbamboom1 says: Oct 3, 2016 5:31 PM

    Uh oh! Expect Goodell to commission Wells for another $4.5 million investigation that will conclude;
    It’s more probable than not that Jacoby Brissett winked at Blanton and precipitated an incident. Then demand his cell phone to prove he and Mitchell planned the entire affair. Then promptly suspend both for 8 games! While docking the Patriots its 1st round pick in 2017 and a $4.5 million fine.

  57. patsrule59 says: Oct 4, 2016 10:41 AM

    And by “reviewing all aspects” of course the league means “looking for an excuse to punish only the Patriots”.

  58. ibillwt says: Oct 5, 2016 11:41 AM

    Pats have moved on. These things have a way of working out by themselves.

    Rex is Rex and belichick’s win column says it all. I’m
    The standings after 16 games will define champ or chump.

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