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FOXBORO — A week removed from his one-reception performance in a win at Miami, find plavix cod Brandon Lloyd might have been doing handstands after the Patriots’ 42-14 blowout win over the Houston Texans Monday night at Gillette Stadium.
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Mike Fine may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.