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Penalty watch: False starts add up

11/2/2011

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- While the defense has been scrutinized in Sunday's loss to the Steelers, not to be overlooked are some of the struggles the offensive line had with false starts.

Logan Mankins had two, while Matt Light and Sebastian Vollmer added one apiece. That gives the Patriots a total of 14 false start penalties on the season.

Individually, Mankins and safety Patrick Chung (2 penalties) moved into a four-way tie atop the team's penalty charts. Overall, the Patriots have been flagged for 45 penalties in seven games, which based on average ranks them tied for 14th fewest in the NFL.

A look at the updated penalty watch:

AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar

Logan Mankins had two false starts vs. the Steelers.Totals

Patrick Chung -- 4

Rob Gronkowski -- 4

Logan Mankins -- 4

Nate Solder -- 4

Leigh Bodden -- 3

Matt Light -- 3

Deion Branch -- 2

Sergio Brown -- 2

Dane Fletcher -- 2

Chad Ochocinco -- 2

Devin McCourty -- 2

Brian Waters -- 2

Wes Welker -- 2

Kyle Arrington -- 1

Tom Brady -- 1

Andre Carter -- 1

Dan Connolly -- 1

Jermaine Cunningham -- 1

Ras-I Dowling -- 1

Kevin Faulk -- 1

Dan Gronkowski -- 1

Aaron Hernandez -- 1

James Ihedigbo -- 1

Kyle Love -- 1

Rob Ninkovich -- 1

Sebastian Vollmer -- 1

Vince Wilfork -- 1

TEAM -- 3

Penalties

False start -- 14

Offensive holding -- 9

Defensive pass interference -- 4

Illegal block above waist -- 3

Roughing the passer -- 3

Defensive holding -- 2

Face mask -- 2

Illegal contact -- 2

Special teams holding -- 2

Unnecessary roughness -- 2

12-men on the field (illegal substitution) -- 2

Chop block -- 1

Delay of game -- 1

Illegal formation -- 1

Illegal motion -- 1

Illegal onside kick -- 1

Illegal use of hands -- 1

Offside (defense) -- 1

Offside (special teams) -- 1

Unsportsmanlike conduct -- 1

Drawn holding penalties

Wes Welker -- 3

Albert Haynesworth -- 2

Rob Ninkovich -- 2

Kyle Arrington -- 1

Andre Carter -- 1

Dane Fletcher -- 1

Aaron Hernandez -- 1

Jerod Mayo -- 1

Gerard Warren -- 1

Vince Wilfork -- 1

TEAM - 1*

* Special teams holding against the Jets' Patrick Turner was inconclusive on TV replay.

(Includes offsetting, declined and superseded penalties.)