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Bills' Mike Williams, Brandon Spikes fined

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- I bet Joe Schaffer was never fined for wearing red socks.

The NFL has come a long way since Schaffer -- the Buffalo Bills' first-ever player -- roamed the field. Nowadays, fashion statements will draw five-digit fines from the league.

That's exactly what happened this week to Bills wide receiver Mike Williams, whom the NFL fined $11,025 for wearing off-color socks in Sunday's 22-10 loss to the San Diego Chargers.

It's the second fine this season against Williams, who was also docked $5,512 for an unspecified uniform violation in the season opener.

Williams, who arrived from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in an offseason trade, wore all-red socks Sunday instead of his team-issued blue and white pair. He says it’s all part of an effort to loosen up the Bills’ locker room.

"I try to put all the attention on me. Because everything I’ve been through, I know I can handle it," Williams told ESPN. "I even do a big show before the game, let everybody know what I’m dressing on. Make fun in the locker room, just put all the attention on me so everybody else can go out and play.

"If we win, it’s all worth it. When you lose, that’s when you’re like, 'Should I do it?' But the money goes to somewhere good."

Meanwhile, Bills linebacker Brandon Spikes was fined $8,268 for an apparent head-butt of Chargers offensive lineman Rich Ohrnberger last Sunday. Spikes, who was flagged for unnecessary roughness on the play, was fined the same amount in Week 1 for a late hit against the Chicago Bears.