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Following the flags: Tracking Patriots penalties for 2012 season

Through 10 games, the Patriots have been flagged for 59 penalties (25th in the league) for a total of 537 yards (17th 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:
LB Jerod Mayo [1]: five penalties (two defensive pass interference, unnecessary roughness, illegal contact, roughing the passer) 43 yards
TE Rob Gronkowski [2]: four penalties (two offensive holding, false start, offensive pass interference), 35 yards
DL Vince Wilfork [3]: four penalties (two encroachment, defensive offsides, facemask), 30 yards
Team: four penalties (illegal formation, illegal shift, illegal block above the waist, defensive holding), 25 yards
CB Devin McCourty [4]: three penalties (defensive holding, two defensive pass interference), 51 yards
LB Brandon Spikes [5]: three penalties (defensive holding, unnecessary roughness, roughing the passer), 35 yards
CB Kyle Arrington [6]: two penalties (defensive pass interference, defensive holding), 45 yards
CB Alfonzo Dennard: two penalties (defensive holding, unnecessary roughness), 20 yards
CB Ras-I Dowling: two penalties (defensive pass interference, defensive holding), 19 yards
WR Julian Edelman [7]: two penalties (false start, offensive pass interference), 15 yards
OL Donald Thomas: two penalties (false start, offensive holding), 15 yards
OT Nate Solder [8]: two penalties (offensive holding, false start), 15 yards
ST Niko Koutouvides: two penalties (defensive holding, illegal block above the waist), 14 yards
TE Daniel Fells: two penalties (false start, offensive pass interference), 12 yards
OT Sebastian Vollmer [9]: two penalties (illegal formation, false start), 10 yards
DE Chandler Jones: two penalties (encroachment, defensive offsides) 10 yards
S Pat Chung [10]: one penalty (defensive pass interference), 40 yards
S Steve Gregory [11]: one penalty (personal foul), 15 yards
WR Brandon Lloyd [12]: 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 [13]: one penalty (intentional grounding), 10 yards
LS Danny Aiken: one penalty (false start) 5 yards
G Logan Mankins [14]: one penalty (false start), 5 yards
TE Aaron Hernandez [15]: one penalty (false start), 5 yards
ST Matthew Slater [16]: one penalty (offsides on free kick), 5 yards
DL Jake Bequette: one penalty (encroachment), 5 yards
DL Jermaine Cunningham [17]: one penalty (encroachment), 5 yards
DE Rob Ninkovich [18]: one penalty (encroachment) 3 yards
RB Stevan Ridley: one penalty (false start), 5 yards

Most penalized by position:
Cornerback: Nine penalties for 130 yards
Linebacker: Nine penalties for 83 yards
Defensive line: Nine penalties for 53 yards
Offensive line: Eight penalties for 55 yards
Tight end: Seven penalties for 52 yards
Specialists (punter, kicker, long snapper, kick/punt units): Six penalties for 44 yards
Team: Four penalties for 25 yards
Wide receiver: Three penalties for 25 yards
Safety: Two penalties for 55 yards
Quarterback: One penalty for 10 yards
Running back: One penalty for 5 yards

Most frequently called penalties:
False start: 10
Defensive holding: Seven
Defensive pass interference: Seven
Offensive holding: Seven
Encroachment: Six
Offensive pass interference: Four
Defensive offsides: Three
Unnecessary roughness: Three
Illegal block above the waist: Two
Illegal formation: Two
Intentional grounding: One
Personal foul: One
Illegal shift: One
Offsides on free kick: One
Roughing the passer: Two
Facemask: One
Illegal contact: One