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Offensive lineman Leon Gray elected to Patriots Hall of Fame

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Offensive lineman Leon Gray elected to Patriots Hall of Fame

The New England Patriots Hall of Fame soon will have a new member.

The team announced Thursday that offensive tackle Leon Gray was selected by "a 10-person senior selection committee" that discussed Hall of Fame candidates who "have been retired for at least 25 years."

Gray played six seasons with the Patriots from 1973 through 1978. He was selected to two Pro Bowl teams (he made four total in his career) and one NFL All-Pro first team in 1978. He helped the Patriots offense feature one of the best rushing attacks in NFL history in 1976 and 1978. Gray joins other legendary Patriots offensive lineman such as John Hannah and Bruce Armstrong in the team's Hall of Fame.

Gray passed away in 2001 at age 49.

He will be one of two players inducted into Patriots Hall of Fame in 2019, but the other player has not yet been announced. Two of the favorites are linebacker Mike Vrabel and defensive lineman Richard Seymour. Left tackle Matt Light was the 2018 inductee.

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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.