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Thursday, October 18, 2012
Penalty watch: First 2 for Brady

By Mike Reiss

In updating the weekly "penalty watch," quarterback Tom Brady joined the list for the first time with two intentional grounding penalties, as did safety Patrick Chung (illegal contact, pass interference). Also, linebacker Brandon Spikes pulled into a three-way tie for most penalties on the team, while Spikes and defensive end Rob Ninkovich drew their first holding penalties of the season.

The breakdown of the season (includes declined penalties):

Patrick Chung and Golden Tate
Patriots safety Patrick Chung tried to defend Seahawks receiver Golden Tate but was called for pass interference. Chung later left the game with an arm injury.
Penalty count
Rob Gronkowski -- 4
Devin McCourty -- 4
Brandon Spikes -- 4
Tom Brady -- 2
Patrick Chung -- 2
Julian Edelman -- 2
Niko Koutouvides -- 2
Jerod Mayo -- 2
Vince Wilfork -- 2
Danny Aiken -- 1
Kyle Arrington -- 1
Marquice Cole -- 1
Alfonzo Dennard -- 1
Ras-I Dowling -- 1
Nate Ebner-- 1
Steve Gregory -- 1
Chandler Jones -- 1
Logan Mankins -- 1
Sterling Moore -- 1
Nate Solder -- 1
Donald Thomas -- 1
Sebastian Vollmer -- 1
Ryan Wendell-- 1
Tavon Wilson -- 1
TEAM -- 2

Most called penalties
Defensive pass interference -- 7
Defensive holding -- 5
False start -- 5
Offensive holding -- 3
Intentional grounding -- 2
Offensive pass interference -- 2
Offside -- 2
Special teams holding -- 2
Special teams illegal block above waist -- 2
Encroachment -- 1
Illegal contact -- 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
Devin McCourty (1 defense, 1 special teams) -- 2
Vince Wilfork -- 2
Kyle Arrington (special teams/KO coverage)-- 1
Rob Gronkowski -- 1
Chandler Jones -- 1
Brandon Lloyd -- 1
Rob Ninkovich -- 1
Brandon Spikes -- 1
Wes Welker -- 1