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Following the flags: Tracking Patriots penalties for 2012 season

10.23.12 at 1:59 pm ET

Through seven weeks, the Patriots have been flagged for 40 penalties (22nd in the league) for a total of 352 yards (18th in the league). Here’€™s a breakdown of the calls that have gone against the Patriots this year, not including penalties that were declined or offset:

Most penalized players, listed by total flags and with total yardage lost:
TE Rob Gronkowski: four penalties (two offensive holding, false start, offensive pass interference), 35 yards
CB Devin McCourty: three penalties (defensive holding, two defensive pass interference), 51 yards
Team: three penalties (illegal formation, illegal shift, illegal block above the waist), 20 yards
LB Brandon Spikes: two penalties (defensive holding, unnecessary roughness), 20 yards
CB Ras-I Dowling: two penalties (defensive pass interference, defensive holding), 19 yards
WR Julian Edelman: two penalties (false start, offensive pass interference), 15 yards
OL Donald Thomas: two penalties (false start, offensive holding), 15 yards
ST Niko Koutouvides: two penalties (defensive holding, illegal block above the waist), 14 yards
DL Vince Wilfork: two penalties (encroachment, defensive offsides), 10 yards
LB Jerod Mayo: two penalties (defensive pass interference) 8 yards
S Pat Chung: one penalty (defensive pass interference), 40 yards
S Steve Gregory: one penalty (personal foul), 15 yards
WR Brandon Lloyd: one penalty (offensive pass interference), 10 yards
LB Dont’€™a Hightower: one penalty (defensive holding), 10 yards
C Ryan Wendell: one penalty (offensive holding), 10 yards
S Tavon Wilson: one penalty (offensive holding’€“punt return team), 10 yards
ST Nate Ebner: one penalty (offensive holding), 10 yards
QB Tom Brady: one penalty (intentional grounding), 10 yards
CB Kyle Arrington: one penalty (defensive holding), 5 yards
DE Chandler Jones: one penalty (defensive offsides) 5 yards
LS Danny Aiken: one penalty (false start) 5 yards
G Logan Mankins: one penalty (false start), 5 yards
OT Nate Solder: one penalty (false start), 5 yards
OT Sebastian Vollmer: one penalty (false start), 5 yards
CB Alfonzo Dennard: one penalty (defensive holding), 5 yards
TE Aaron Hernandez: one penalty (false start), 5 yards

Most penalized by position:
Cornerback: Seven penalties for 75 yards
Offensive line: Six penalties for 40 yards
Tight end: Five penalties for 40 yards
Specialists (punter, kicker, long snapper, kick/punt units): Five penalties for 39 yards
Linebacker: Five penalties for 33 yards
Wide receiver: Three penalties for 25 yards
Team: Three penalties for 20 yards
Defensive line: Three penalties for 15 yards
Safety: Two penalties for 55 yards
Quarterback: One penalty for 10

Most frequently called penalties on the Patriots:
False start: Eight
Defensive pass interference: Six
Offensive holding: Six
Defensive holding: Six
Defensive offsides: Three
Offensive pass interference: Three
Illegal block above the waist: Two
Unnecessary roughness: One
Intentional grounding: One
Illegal formation: One
Personal foul: One
Encroachment: One
Illegal shift: One

Here’s the penalty breakdown for the Patriots through the first seven games last year.

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