A scuffle broke out on the field before the start of Sunday’s game between the Bills and the Patriots when members of the Bills secondary took issue with Patriots quarterback Jacoby Brissett and wide receiver Malcolm Mitchell jogging through their drills.
Safety Robert Blanton shoved Brissett and Mitchell retaliated, leading to a scrum that involved other Bills players and Patriots coaches before order was restored. Patriots wide receiver Danny Amendola said the situation “pissed me off” and that he thought Mitchell acted appropriately.
“He did the right thing. I would have done the same thing,” Amendola said on “Ordway, Merloni & Fauria” on WEEI. “I wish I could have been there, too. … I’m not going to forget about that.”
The league may not share Amendola’s read on Mitchell’s actions and is reviewing “all aspects” of what happened before the game.
Amendola won’t need a particularly long memory as the two teams meet again on October 30 in Buffalo. There will likely be extra attention paid to the pregame period to try to avoid a repeat of Sunday’s dispute, although the bigger difference in that game may turn out to be the presence of quarterback Tom Brady in the Patriots lineup.