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Patriots offseason schedule: OTAs, minicamp, other key dates announced

Patriots offseason schedule: OTAs, minicamp, other key dates announced

The New England Patriots' Super Bowl victory lap officially ends in two weeks.

The NFL announced the start dates of each team's offseason program Monday in addition to revealing dates for organized team activities and mandatory minicamp.

Here's a look at the Patriots' schedule, per the NFL's official release:

First Day: April 15
OTA Offseason Workouts: May 20-21, May 23, May 29-30, June 10-11
Mandatory Minicamp: June 4-6

The Patriots are one of 22 teams to begin their offseason program on April 15, but a few clubs are getting started much earlier: The Cleveland Browns, Miami Dolphins and Tampa Bay Buccaneers both kicked things off Monday, while the Denver Broncos start Tuesday.

Patriots head coach Bill Belichick reportedly pressed the league to allow teams more offseason time with players at the NFL owners meetings, so he'll obviously be champing at the bit to get started.

Don't expect Tom Brady to join the Patriots this spring, though, as the 41-year-old quarterback reportedly plans to skip OTAs for the second straight year.

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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.