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Mohamed Sanu will have to pick a new number after joining Patriots

Mohamed Sanu will have to pick a new number after joining Patriots

Mohamed Sanu's first order of business as the Patriots' newest wide receiver will be picking a brand new jersey number.

Sanu has worn No. 12 throughout his NFL career, but something tells us that wouldn't go over well in New England as it's been that Tom Brady guy's jersey number for quite a while now.

So what number will the ex-Falcons and Bengals wideout choose? He wore No. 6 at Rutgers, but the only numbers currently for the taking are 14, 19, 81, 86, 87 and 88. The No. 17, which was worn by Antonio Brown during his brief Patriots tenure, belongs to practice squad WR Devin Ross. As for that No. 87, we highly doubt that'll be given to Sanu as that number will forever be associated with retired Pats tight end Rob Gronkowski.

Ex-Patriots cornerback Logan Ryan is just as curious about Sanu's pending number change as the rest of us:

Regardless of which number he ends up donning in his new uniform, Sanu provides a much-needed boost to the Patriots' receiving corps. He'll join Josh Gordon, Julian Edelman, Phillip Dorsett, Jakobi Meyers, Gunner Olszewski, and N'Keal Harry on New England's WR depth chart.

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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.