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

11.08.11 at 9:46 am ET
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Through eight games this season, the Patriots have been flagged for 52 penalties (18th in the league) and 471 yards (12th in the league). 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:
OL Logan Mankins: five penalties (offensive holding and four false starts), 30 yards
OL Nate Solder: four penalties (three holding and illegal use of hands), 40 yards
Team: four penalties (12 men on the field, offensive holding, two illegal substitutions), 25 yards
TE Rob Gronkowski: three penalties (holding, false start, facemask), 29 yards
S Sergio Brown: three penalties (three defensive pass interference), 71 yards
OL Matt Light: three penalties (two holding and one false start), 20 yards
LB Dane Fletcher: two penalties (offensive holding, illegal block above the waist), 17 yards
OL Brian Waters: two penalties (holding, offensive holding), 15 yards
LB Brandon Spikes: two penalties (holding, encroachment), 11 yards
TE Dan Gronkowski: two penalties (both false starts), 10 yards
CB Leigh Bodden: two penalties (both defensive holding), 10 yards
WR Wes Welker: two penalties (illegal motion, false start), 10 yards
S Pat Chung: two penalties (unnecessary roughness and facemask), 15 yards
WR Deion Branch: two penalties (both false starts), 10 yards
WR Chad Ochocinco: two penalties (illegal formation, false start), 9 yards
CB Kyle Arrington: one penalty (defensive pass interference), 35 yards
DL Andre Carter: one penalty (roughing the passer), 15 yards
LB Rob Ninkovich: one penalty (roughing the passer), 15 yards
DL Kyle Love: one penalty (roughing the passer), 15 yards
OL Dan Connolly: one penalty (offensive holding), 10 yards
S James Ihedigbo: one penalty (illegal block above the waist), 10 yards
CB Devin McCourty: one penalty (illegal block above the waist), 10 yards
QB Tom Brady: one penalty (delay of game), 5 yards
TE Aaron Hernandez: one penalty (false start), 5 yards
DL Vince Wilfork: one penalty (unsportsmanlike conduct), 2 yards
OL Sebastian Vollmer: one penalty (false start), 5 yards
K Stephen Gostkowski: one penalty (illegal onsides kick), 5 yards

Most penalized by position:
Offensive line: 16 penalties for 125 yards
Safety: six penalties for 108 yards
Tight end: six penalties for 44 yards
Wide receiver: six penalties for 29 yards
Linebacker: five penalties for 43 yards
Cornerback: four penalties for 55 yards
Team: four penalties for 25 yards
Defensive line: three penalties for 32 yards
Quarterback: one penalty for five yards
Kicker: one penalty for five yards

Most frequently called penalties on the Patriots:
False start: 14
Offensive holding: 13
Defensive pass interference: four
Roughing the passer: three
Illegal block above the waist: three
Defensive holding: two
Facemask: two
Illegal substitution: two
Illegal formation: one
Illegal use of hands: one
Unsportsmanlike conduct: one
Unecessary roughness: one
Illegal motion: one
Twelve men in the huddle: one
Illegal onside kick: one
Encroachment: one
Delay of game: one

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