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Spikes is selling his AFC Championship ring on eBay

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Spikes is selling his AFC Championship ring on eBay

The Patriots cut ties to Brandon Spikes. And Spikes appears to be cutting all ties to the Pats. The linebacker is selling his 2011 AFC Championship ring on eBay.

It's yours for at least $19,499.

Anyone else smell spite in the air?

After all, Spikes and the Patriots have a complicated relationship. The linebacker was put on injured reserve after being late to practice during the 2014 postseason. He left the team and joined the AFC East rival Bills -- and ripped the Patriots on Twitter after leaving. When Spikes returned to the Patriots this offseason, it seemed he and the Patriots had buried the hatchet. 

But Spikes got into trouble for his involvement in a hit-and-run. He was released by the team, and eventually cited by the police for the incident.

In a bizarre way, those events seem to have led to the sale of this ring worth $18,000:

Bill Belichick: 'Phone will be ringing off the hook' after Rob Gronkowski announcement

Bill Belichick: 'Phone will be ringing off the hook' after Rob Gronkowski announcement

All eyes will be on Rob Gronkowski's Instagram account Tuesday at 9 a.m. as he makes his much-anticipated "big announcement." Football-related or not, all of New England will be monitoring social media to see what the retired Patriots tight end has in store.

Well, most of New England. Since social media isn't exactly Bill Belichick's forte, he probably won't be hearing Gronk's announcement via "InstaChat" or "SnapFace."

The Pats head coach was asked Monday on WEEI's "Ordway, Merloni & Fauria" whether he'll be keeping tabs on social media for Gronkowski's announcement, and he had the perfect response.

"I'm sure my phone will be ringing off the hook, all the alerts I have on it," Belichick jokingly told WEEI. "I'm sure it will be going crazy."

Either Belichick expects Gronk's announcement to be a big one, or he just finds joy in joking about his lack of social media usage. Considering his candid comments about social media after Myles Garrett's helmet fiasco, we believe the latter to be more likely.

That's all he had to say about a potential Gronk return, then he switched back to vintage Belichick.

"I'm going to be working on Dallas," he said.

The Patriots will host the Cowboys (6-4) on Sunday with kickoff set for 4:25 p.m. ET.

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Watch Patriots go crazy when Bill Belichick declares a "Victory Monday" after win vs. Eagles

Watch Patriots go crazy when Bill Belichick declares a "Victory Monday" after win vs. Eagles

The New England Patriots won a hard-fought game against the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday, and head coach Bill Belichick rewarded his players with their first "Victory Monday" of the season.

"Victory Monday" means a day off, and while few things are better than a huge win in Philly, a free Monday is right up there.

The reaction to Belichick's declaration of a "Victory Monday" was pretty amazing, and the Patriots released a video of the moment on their website Monday (click the link in the tweet below).

Even though the players did not have to show up at Gillette Stadium on Monday, it's no surprise that many of them did anyway. One player who was present, according to ESPN's Mike Reiss, was quarterback Tom Brady. 

The Patriots' 17-10 victory at Lincoln Financial Field helped them stay above the Baltimore Ravens in the race for the AFC's No. 1 seed in the playoffs. The toughest stretch of the Patriots' regular season schedule continues Sunday when the defending Super Bowl champs host another talented NFC East team, the Dallas Cowboys, for a Week 12 matchup at Gillette Stadium.

Updated NFL playoff picture entering Week 12>>>

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