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Following the flags: Breaking down the Patriots penalties through three games

09.26.11 at 2:32 pm ET

In their first three games of the season, the Patriots have been flagged for 23 penalties and 223 yards (tied for third-most with the Vikings). Here’€™s a breakdown of the calls that have gone against New England, not including penalties that were declined or offset:

Most penalized players, listed by total flags and with total yardage lost:
Sergio Brown: two penalties (both defensive pass interference), 51 yards
Matt Light: two penalties (both holding), 20 yards
Nate Solder: two penalties (holding and illegal use of hands), 20 yards
Logan Mankins: two penalties (offensive holding and false start), 15 yards
Rob Gronkowski: two penalties (holding and false start), 15 yards
Dan Gronkowski: two penalties (both false starts), 10 yards
Leigh Bodden: two penalties (both defensive holding), 10 yards
Andre Carter: one penalty (roughing the passer), 15 yards
Rob Ninkovich: one penalty (roughing the passer), 15 yards
Kyle Love: one penalty (roughing the passer), 15 yards
James Ihedigbo: one penalty (illegal block above the waist), 10 yards
Devin McCourty: one penalty (illegal block above the waist), 10 yards
Chad Ochocinco: one penalty (illegal formation), five yards
Deion Branch: one penalty (false start), five yards
Brian Waters: one penalty (holding), 5 yards
Vince Wilfork: one penalty (unsportsmanlike conduct), 2 yards

Most penalized by position:
Offensive line: seven penalties for 60 yards
Tight end: four penalties for 35 yards
Safety: three penalties for 61 yards
Cornerback: three penalties for 30 yards
Defensive line: three penalties for 32 yards
Wide receiver two penalties for 10 yards
Linebacker: one penalty for 15 yards

Most frequently called penalties on the Patriots:
Offensive holding: six
False start: five
Defensive holding: two
Illegal block above the waist: two
Defensive pass interference: two
Roughing the passer: three
Illegal formation: one
Illegal use of hands: one
Unsportsmanlike conduct: one

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