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NFL rumors: Here's how Patriots plan to create roster spot for Isaiah Wynn

NFL rumors: Here's how Patriots plan to create roster spot for Isaiah Wynn

The New England Patriots will need to create a spot on their 53-man roster for Isaiah Wynn to return, and with the second-year left tackle eligible to play Sunday if activated, the team reportedly plans to put a rookie wide receiver on injured reserve.

ESPN's Mike Reiss reported Tuesday that Gunner Olszewski likely is headed to injured reserve. This move would open a roster spot for Wynn.

Olszewski hasn't played too many snaps at wide receiver, instead mostly featuring on special teams as a punt returner. He has been active for eight of New England's 10 games, tallying 20 punt returns over that span.

Wynn's potential return is a big deal for the Patriots. He was playing quite well before suffering a foot injury in the Patriots' Week 2 road win over the Miami Dolphins. He went on injured reserve as a result and didn't return to practice until Oct. 30. Marshall Newhouse has started in place of Wynn at left tackle, and his performance has not been great.

The Patriots host the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday for a Week 12 matchup at Gillette Stadium. The defending Super Bowl champs have a 1-game lead over the Baltimore Ravens for the No. 1 seed in the AFC playoff race.

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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.