Spikes OK after practice fracas

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Spikes OK after practice fracas

FOXBORO - And that's why you don't roughhouse.

Brandon Spikes and Nate Solder got into a jam during Wednesday night's practice on the turf of Gillette Stadium. By the time the thing was over, the offense and defense were scrumming together in a movable jumble of humanity and the oft-injured Spikes was on the ground looking at his knee.

Spikes left after the dustup, which started after Solder blocked Spikes to the ground and stood over him. Spikes returned to the practice but his participation was limited. Spikes is expected to be fine, according to a source.

Spikes, who had offseason knee surgery, is normally an aggressor (see his Captain Insano act back in 2009). Solder is fairly mild-mannered. Whether there were contributing factors in plays before the fracas isn't known.

The entire offense and defense got into the mix however. It didn't appear any punches were thrown.

Cornerback Kyle Arrington said he wasn't sure exactly what happened.

"I had my own one-on-one battle, me and Wes (Welker) were by ourselves out there," he explained. "It's just one of those things when you're going against somebody every day. It's that time of year. It happens.

Rookie Chandler Jones was asked if he was involved in the issue,

"I'm not Jon 'Bones' Jones," he answered, referring to his brother, the MMA champion. "My name is Chandler."

Solder took a penalty lap after the dust cleared.

Cyrus Jones: 'I'll never take credit for something I don't feel I contributed to'

Cyrus Jones: 'I'll never take credit for something I don't feel I contributed to'

It was a tough rookie season for Cyrus Jones after being selected by the New England Patriots in the second round of the the 2016 NFL Draft.

Despite struggling in the return game all season and being inactive for the playoffs, Jones will forever the labeled as a "Super Bowl Champion" after his team's victory over the Atlanta Falcons in Super Bowl LI.

But you won't hear Jones bragging about the victory.

"I'll never take credit for something I don't feel I contributed to," Jones told Childs Walker of the The Baltimore Sun. "I was part of the team, but I didn't feel a part of it."

The 23-year-old rookie played in 10 games for the Patriots, seeing 147 snaps on defense. But his struggles in the return game were a talking point for most of the season after he came in with such high expectations as a returner out of Alabama. 

"Honestly, it was hell for me," he explained. "That's the only way I can describe it. I didn't feel I deserved to be part of anything that was happening with the team. I felt embarrassed that these people probably thought they wasted a pick on me."

Jones has already turned the page on his rookie season saying, there's "no such thing as an offseason" because he "didn't earn it."

Robert Kraft profiled on this week's 'Real Sports' on HBO

Robert Kraft profiled on this week's 'Real Sports' on HBO

Robert Kraft is a bit taken aback when he walks into a room at Gillette Stadium and sees the Patriots' five Lombardi trophies lined up.

"Wow. That's the first time I've seen five trophies there," he tells Andrea Kremer on HBO's "Real Sports" in a interview that will air as part of this week's episode Tuesday at 10 p.m.

"A lot of people have their big dreams and get knocked down and don't have things go their way," Kraft says, "And you never give up hope and you really just hold on to it. Hard work and perserverance. You just keep getting up and getting up and then you get that breakthrough. I think that's what happened in overtime down in Houston. And that's lessons in life that are good for anyone." 

Here's an excerpt: