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Matt Cassel details a Patriots prank war that led Tom Brady to pee on his practice jersey

Matt Cassel details a Patriots prank war that led Tom Brady to pee on his practice jersey

If there is one thing you come away with at the conclusion of this story, let it be this: Don't get in a prank war with Tom Brady. 

Matt Cassel did during the second year of his pro career, and it did not end well for him. 

On Patriots Pregame Live before New England paid a visit to the Jets on Monday Night Football, Cassel detailed the prank war that left his car covered in trash, without its tires and his practice jersey soaked in urine. 

"I was coming in and a prank war started where he knocked my trey out of my hand, he put his foot up against the door, I poured some protein shake in his shoes, maybe some flexi-hot into his underwear," Cassel said. "He dumped a trash can on my car and then decided to pee on my practice jersey, and then he asked me to forgive him and call him Captain Longshanks.

"So I was like, ‘No I’m not doing that, I’m going to do something even worse to you,’ and by the time we came in for practice, I had three tires in front of my locker, the other one was hidden, you know the old ‘put in on the blocks,’" he said. "The old adage goes back to don’t mess with people that have more money than you do."

There's always a breaking point in a prank war where someone waves the white flag. It's needed before someone gets hurt, or in a team setting, before it becomes too much of a distraction. So understandably Cassel gave up after Brady's brutal series of pranks, but that didn't stop the offensive lineman from escalating it to the point where Bill Belichick had to get involved. 

I was done, I wiped my hands with it and said, ‘I give,’" Cassel said. "The lineman decided to fill his car up with (foam) peanuts, put confetti in his air conditioning unit, and at that point, Bill had to step in and say, ‘Look, guys, this isn’t World War 4, okay. We can’t have you guys going around hurting somebody or killing somebody.’"

That was the end of it, or at least it appeared to be. Brady still wouldn't give Cassel his missing tire back. 

"At the end of the day I did have to go home with my buddy for at least four days before he would give me back my other tire," Cassel said. 

So again, don't get into a prank war with Brady. But if you do get into your own prank war, try to make sure you have more money than the other person. Who knew we'd get such important life lessons before this Week 7 matchup?

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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.