Penalty watch: Bodden & Gronk lead

September, 29, 2011
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A weekly look at the penalty leaders for the Patriots, with a new category added for players drawing holding penalties (including special teams):

Totals
Leigh Bodden -- 3
Rob Gronkowski -- 3
Sergio Brown -- 2
Matt Light -- 2
Logan Mankins -- 2
Nate Solder -- 2
Kyle Arrington -- 1
Deion Branch -- 1
Andre Carter -- 1
Patrick Chung -- 1
Ras-I Dowling -- 1
Dan Gronkowski -- 1
James Ihedigbo -- 1
Kyle Love -- 1
Devin McCourty -- 1
Rob Ninkovich -- 1
Chad Ochocinco -- 1
Brian Waters -- 1
Vince Wilfork -- 1

Penalties
False start -- 6
Offensive holding -- 5
Roughing the passer -- 3
Defensive holding -- 2
Defensive pass interference -- 2
Illegal block above waist -- 2
Illegal contact -- 2
Illegal formation -- 1
Illegal use of hands -- 1
Offside -- 1
Unnecessary roughness -- 1
Unsportsmanlike conduct -- 1

Drawn holding penalties
Albert Haynesworth -- 2
Rob Ninkovich -- 2
Wes Welker -- 2
Kyle Arrington -- 1
Dane Fletcher -- 1
Jerod Mayo -- 1
Vince Wilfork -- 1

(Includes offsetting and declined penalties.)

NOTES: The Patriots have been flagged for 23 accepted penalties, which ranks them tied for ninth most in the NFL. The Raiders have the NFL's most accepted penalties (30). ... Add in four penalties that were either declined or offsetting, and the Patriots have a total of 27 penalties on the year, for an average of nine per game. That's high for a Bill Belichick-coached team. ... Last year, the Patriots were flagged for false starts 16 times. They're already up to six this year. ... Starting left guard Logan Mankins had three penalties all of last season. He had two in Sunday's loss to the Bills (holding, false start). ... Welker, Wilfork and Ninkovich drew holding penalties in the Bills' loss.

Mike Reiss

ESPN New England Patriots reporter

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