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Bill Belichick: 'Phone will be ringing off the hook' after Rob Gronkowski announcement

Bill Belichick: 'Phone will be ringing off the hook' after Rob Gronkowski announcement

All eyes will be on Rob Gronkowski's Instagram account Tuesday at 9 a.m. as he makes his much-anticipated "big announcement." Football-related or not, all of New England will be monitoring social media to see what the retired Patriots tight end has in store.

Well, most of New England. Since social media isn't exactly Bill Belichick's forte, he probably won't be hearing Gronk's announcement via "InstaChat" or "SnapFace."

The Pats head coach was asked Monday on WEEI's "Ordway, Merloni & Fauria" whether he'll be keeping tabs on social media for Gronkowski's announcement, and he had the perfect response.

"I'm sure my phone will be ringing off the hook, all the alerts I have on it," Belichick jokingly told WEEI. "I'm sure it will be going crazy."

Either Belichick expects Gronk's announcement to be a big one, or he just finds joy in joking about his lack of social media usage. Considering his candid comments about social media after Myles Garrett's helmet fiasco, we believe the latter to be more likely.

That's all he had to say about a potential Gronk return, then he switched back to vintage Belichick.

"I'm going to be working on Dallas," he said.

The Patriots will host the Cowboys (6-4) on Sunday with kickoff set for 4:25 p.m. ET.

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Report: Pats' punishments for videotaping could include fines, draft picks

Report: Pats' punishments for videotaping could include fines, draft picks

While the investigation into the New England Patriots' illicit videotaping of the Cincinnati Bengals' sideline last weekend is ongoing, The Washington Post's Mark Maske is reporting that the punishment could be aligned in severity with similiar game-day violations committed by other NFL teams in recent years.

That means fines in the range of six figures and/or a reduced round value on a draft pick — or worse still, the loss of one altogether:

"The NFL is likely to penalize the New England Patriots for their admitted violation of league video policy last weekend and is contemplating disciplinary measures in line with those imposed on teams in recent seasons for infractions of game-day rules, according to people familiar with the deliberations.

That could mean a fine in the hundreds of thousands of dollars and potentially the loss or reduction in value of a draft choice, typically a lower-level pick."

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Looking for something similar to what the Patriots were levied for Spygate? Maske points out that punishment was clearly an exception, not a guardrail:

The Patriots have admitted wrongdoing in last Sunday's incident in Cleveland, in which a credentialed Patriots video crew member was caught filming the Bengals' sideline during their game against the Browns. New England has said the camera crew was there to feature a scout as part of their "Do Your Job" video series.

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Report: Julian Edelman, Ted Karras make trip with Patriots, Cowart out for Bengals game

Report: Julian Edelman, Ted Karras make trip with Patriots, Cowart out for Bengals game

Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman and center Ted Karras, who were each listed as questionable with injuries, made the trip to Cincinnati with the team Saturday but backup defensive tackle Byron Cowart was downgraded to out with a concussion, according to ESPN's Mike Reiss.

Edelman, the team's leading receiver, has been battling shoulder and ankle injuries. Karras, the starting center, missed the loss to the Kansas City Chiefs last Sunday with a knee injury. Both were limited in practice this week. 

The Patriots (10-3), coming off back-to-back losses to the Houston Texans and Chiefs, play the Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium on Sunday at 1 p.m.