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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.

Raiders' Marshawn Lynch suspended game for shoving official

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Raiders' Marshawn Lynch suspended game for shoving official

NEW YORK - Oakland running back Marshawn Lynch was suspended for one game without pay by the NFL on Friday for shoving a game official during the Raiders' victory over Kansas City on Thursday night.

Lynch was ejected from the game after he shoved line judge Julian Mapp.

The scuffle started when Oakland quarterback Derek Carr was hit late on a run by Kansas City's Marcus Peters midway through the second quarter. Raiders offensive linemen Kelechi Osemele and Donald Penn immediately confronted Peters, and Lynch sprinted onto the field from the bench to join the fray. Mapp tried to break up the fight, but Lynch pushed him and grabbed his jersey. Lynch also got a personal foul.

NFL vice president of football operations Jon Runyan wrote a letter to Lynch, saying:

"You made deliberate physical contact with one of our game officials as he was diffusing an active confrontation between players. You were disqualified for your inappropriate and unsportsmanlike actions. Your conduct included pushing the game official and grabbing his jersey. ... You were not directly involved in the active confrontation that the game official was attempting to diffuse, nor were you a participant in the play that initiated the confrontation. You were the only player from either team who ran from the sideline to midfield to insert himself into a situation in which he was not directly involved."

Lynch will be eligible to return to Oakland's active roster on Oct. 30, the day after the Raiders' game against the Buffalo Bills.

Lynch finished the game with two carries for 9 yards.

The Raiders rallied to win 31-30 on a touchdown pass by Carr on the final play, and Lynch was in the locker room after the game congratulating his teammates.

Lynch came out of retirement this season and was traded from Seattle to the Raiders. Lynch said he wanted to make a comeback so he could give something back to his hometown of Oakland before the Raiders move to Las Vegas in 2020.

Lynch has rushed for 266 yards and two touchdowns in seven games.

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