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Buffalo Bills receiver Stevie Johnson delved into the realm of politics Thursday and made some waves in the “Twitterverse” with a glib joke aimed at the New England Patriots.

Johnson, paying attention to current world events, posted an indirect message to the North Koreans in the wake of the country’s inflammatory nuclear missile talk of the past week.

“North Korea tripping hard AF right now. Chill out with that Nuke talk,” Johnson tweeted.

He followed that with: “War is nothing to be played with. I apologize North Korea........but if y’all do bomb 1st... Bomb Foxboro, Mass. Sincerely,#BillsMafia”

That prompted plenty of twitter responses and some offense being taken by Patriots followers, to which Johnson replied:

“I know some of yall took it too serious.. but I have Much Respect for The Pats along with Every other NFL Team. Gonna to be a Great #NFL2013”

And, furthermore, No. 13 twittered:

“PatsFans i lo...like yall also. ask any1 in my fam. ive said TheBoro is my fav place to play-bkuz you Pats fans are Live! BUT not for long.”

With fans following athletes’ Twitter accounts closely, it doesn’t take much to create a flurry of responses on social media. So for a brief time in early April, the Bills-Patriots rivalry heated up on the internet. Bills fans can only hope it gets hot when the games start in the fall.

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The Buffalo Bills will open the 2013 exhibition schedule on the road against quarterback Andrew Luck and the Indianapolis Colts. The NFL released its preseason slate on Thursday.

The Bills’ other games are at home against Minnesota and Detroit and on the road against Washington. It will be the 33rd preseason meeting between the Bills and Lions and the 12th straight summer the two teams have played.

The exact dates for the games have not yet been set, although the Detroit game is likely to be a Thursday night.

The weekend dates for the games are: Aug. 8-11 at Indianapolis; Aug. 15-19 Minnesota; Aug. 22-25 at Washington; Aug. 29-30 Detroit.

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West Virginia University quarterback Geno Smith was among four draft-eligible prospects visiting One Bills Drive, the team reported. The others were Louisiana State linebacker Kevin Minter, Texas A&M receiver Ryan Swope and Texas safety Kenny Vaccaro.

The Bills watched Smith at his WVU pro-day workout and also traveled to the Morgantown campus to conduct a private workout with him. When draft prospects visit NFL team facilities, they meet with coaches and staff but do not take part in any on-field practice work.

Smith passed for 98 touchdowns and posted a 21-13 record for West Virginia. He’s considered by many draft analysts the top QB in the draft. Minter is considered a late first or early second-round prospect. He was a two-year starter at inside linebacker. Swope is a slot receiver who could be taken in the third round. He caught 89 passes in 2011 and 72 in 2012. Vaccaro is one of the top safeties in the draft. He started for 2½ seasons for the Longhorns.

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