Bills LT Bell leads NFL in yellow flags
October, 15, 2009
By Tim Graham | ESPN.com
Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Graham
Each week, I outline all the illegal activity that takes place on the field with the AFC East penalty tracker.
I go through all the game books and record who did what and how many yards it cost him, then we produce a chart to illustrate how well each team minds its manners compared to the rest of the division.
For weeks, we've known that Buffalo Bills left tackle Demetrius Bell had been flagged more than any other AFC East player. This afternoon, I learned he's been whistled more than anybody in the league.
ESPN Stats & Information tells me Bell's eight flags are unsurpassed.
And Bell missed one of Buffalo's games because of a groin injury.
He has committed at least one penalty in every game he has played. He'll have a reason to be jumpy again Sunday, when the second-year pro faces the blitz-happy New York Jets at the Meadowlands.
Dallas Cowboys tackle Flozell Adams has committed seven penalties. Cincinnati Bengals guard Andrew Whitworth, Bengal quarterback Carson Palmer and Oakland Raiders tackle Cornell Green have committed six penalties apiece.
The Bills were confident in Bell, as evidenced by their decision to trade two-time Pro Bowl left tackle Jason Peters and cut two-year starter Langston Walker.
Officials have flagged Bell four times for false starts, twice for holding and twice for illegal formation. The penalties have led to only 25 yards in losses. Two calls were declined, and another was for zero yards because the Bills were on their 1-yard line.