Penalty watch: Holding on D spikes

October, 25, 2012
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In updating this week's "penalty watch", the defensive holding infraction stood out.

Linebacker Dont'a Hightower (1), cornerback Alfonzo Dennard (1) and cornerback Ras-I Dowling (2) all were penalized for defensive holding in last Sunday's win over the Jets.

The Patriots have been flagged for defensive holding nine times this season, which is the most frequent penalty called against them.

The breakdown of the season (includes declined penalties):

[+] EnlargeDont'a Hightower
AP Photo/Scott BoehmRookie Dont'a Hightower was penalized (defensive holding) for the first time last Sunday.
Penalty count
Rob Gronkowski -- 4
Devin McCourty -- 4
Brandon Spikes -- 4
Alfonzo Dennard -- 3
Ras-I Dowling -- 3
Tom Brady -- 2
Patrick Chung -- 2
Julian Edelman -- 2
Niko Koutouvides -- 2
Jerod Mayo -- 2
Donald Thomas -- 2
Vince Wilfork -- 2
Danny Aiken -- 1
Kyle Arrington -- 1
Marquice Cole -- 1
Nate Ebner-- 1
Steve Gregory -- 1
Aaron Hernandez -- 1
Dont'a Hightower -- 1
Chandler Jones -- 1
Logan Mankins -- 1
Sterling Moore -- 1
Nate Solder -- 1
Sebastian Vollmer -- 1
Ryan Wendell-- 1
Tavon Wilson -- 1
TEAM -- 2

Most called penalties
Defensive holding -- 9
Defensive pass interference -- 7
False start -- 6
Offensive holding -- 4
Illegal contact -- 2
Intentional grounding -- 2
Offensive pass interference -- 2
Offside -- 2
Special teams holding -- 2
Special teams illegal block above waist -- 2
Encroachment -- 1
Illegal motion -- 1
Illegal shift -- 1
Personal foul -- 1
Roughing the passer -- 1
Special teams false start -- 1
Special teams illegal formation -- 1
Special teams offsides -- 1
Unnecessary roughness -- 1

Drawn holding penalties
Jermaine Cunningham -- 3
Chandler Jones -- 2
Brandon Lloyd -- 2
Devin McCourty (1 defense, 1 special teams) -- 2
Vince Wilfork -- 2
Kyle Arrington (special teams/KO coverage)-- 1
Rob Gronkowski -- 1
Rob Ninkovich -- 1
Trevor Scott (special teams/KO coverage) -- 1
Brandon Spikes -- 1
Wes Welker -- 1

Mike Reiss

ESPN New England Patriots reporter

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