By Phil Perry
The bottom of a pile of football players can be a place of unspeakable ugliness, but that didn't keep Ryan Fitzpatrick from discussing his experience against the Patriots on Sunday.
The Bills quarterback took a knee or fell on the ball near the goal line five times late in the fourth quarter as Buffalo ran the clock out before calling on Rian Lindell to kick the game-winning field goal. After one of those short-lived plays, Fitzpatrick found himself in the middle of some angry Patriots.
"It was getting pretty chippy, especially at the end there," Fitzpatrick told Dan Patrick on the Dan Patrick Show. "Obviously no one wants to lose, and they're a group that doesn't lose much."
Then Fitzpatrick accused New England's defense of doing some dirty, dirty things where the cameras couldn't see. Vince Wilfork was called for a personal foul penalty during that series, but Fitzpatrick said he didn't know which individual Patriot was to blame.
"On one of those plays they were trying to act like I fumbled it," Fitzpatrick said. "I was getting pinched and poked and prodded. I don't know. I felt like I was violated a little bit."
Violated and then snubbed. Fitzpatrick said he looked for Brady after the game for the usual postgame congratulationconsolation that goes on between NFL quarterbacks, but Brady was long gone before Fitzpatrick could stop him.
"He ran off," Fitzpatrick said. "It seemed like he didn't want to talk to anybody."
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FOXBORO -- The Patriots have added some receiver depth to their locker room by signing Da'Ron Brown to their practice squad.
Brown, 25, was a seventh-round pick of the Chiefs in 2015 and spent his rookie season on the Kansas City practice squad. At Northern Illinois, the 6-foot, 199-pounder caught 155 passes in four years, accumulating 2,295 yards and scoring 19 touchdowns. He also rushed for two scores in his career. As a senior in 2014, he caught 68 passes for 1,065 yards.
With the signing, the Patriots have filled out their practice squad. The team has had an opening on its 10-man unit since the Colts signed away receiver Devin Street for their 53-man roster.
With just four receivers on the Patriots roster, not including special teams ace Matthew Slater, they've loaded up on receiver depth through their practice squad with Brown, Devin Lucien and DeAndrew White.
FOXBORO -- The Patriots had both of their qurterbacks on the field and suited up for Tuesday's shells-and-sweats practice on the fields behind Gillette Stadium.
Both Jimmy Garoppolo (shoulder) and Jacoby Brissett (thumb) are dealing with injuries, but both were present for the session, as were the rest of their teammates on the 53-man roster.
Brissett was spotted in the Patriots locker room before practice with no brace or wrap of any kind on his thumb, but he did have his right thumb taped when out on the field.
Patriots tight end AJ Derby was the lone player in a black practice jersey, indicating that he has been named practice player of the week. Running low on quarterbacks, Derby may have served as the scout-team quarterback as the Patriots defense prepared for the Texans. He played the position at Iowa and Arkansas before changing positions.
The Patriots have four practices scheduled this week, and the team will release injury reports, as usual, on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.