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Le'Veon Bell insists NFL 'screwed' Sam Darnold with 'seeing ghosts' comment

Le'Veon Bell insists NFL 'screwed' Sam Darnold with 'seeing ghosts' comment

Sam Darnold played the worst game of his career on primetime television and (unknowingly) admitted to a national TV audience that he was helplessly flummoxed by the New England Patriots defense.

But at least the New York Jets have his back.

First, Jets head coach Adam Gase took ESPN to task Tuesday for airing a mic'd up Darnold saying "I'm seeing ghosts" after throwing an interception in Monday night's 33-0 loss to the Patriots.

Minutes later, running back Le'Veon Bell piled on, calling out the NFL for "screw(ing)" his QB over.

Bell makes a compelling point. Mic'd up players say plenty over the course of a three-hour game, and while Darnold bears some responsibility knowing he was "hot," you'd think either NFL Films or ESPN would protect him by not broadcasting soundbites that would make him look bad.

According to the New York Daily News' Manish Mehta, Bell has the right culprit: An on-site NFL Films representative cleared Darnold's "seeing ghosts" comment for air without the Jets or ESPN approving it.

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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.