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Patriots waive QB Cody Kessler amid flurry of roster moves Tuesday

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Patriots waive QB Cody Kessler amid flurry of roster moves Tuesday

The New England Patriots had a busy day at practice with multiple players coming and going.

Among the departures is quarterback Cody Kessler, who was waived by the Patriots on Tuesday, per the league's transactions wire.

Kessler was signed to the Patriots' 53-man roster on Sept. 25, a few days before the Patriots beat the Buffalo Bills in Week 4. Kessler served as the third-string quarterback behind backup Jarrett Stidham and starter Tom Brady. The USC product was inactive for all three games New England played since he signed. 

The Patriots needed to make room on their roster for the addition of tight ends Benjamin Watson and Eric Tomlinson. Kessler was a logical player to be cut because the Patriots don't need a third quarterback when depth at other positions is being tested by injuries.

Here's a list of the roster moves made by the Patriots on Tuesday:

Waiver requests
Cody Kessler, QB

Free agent signings
Eric Tomlinson, TE
Benjamin Watson, TE

Added to practice squad
Tyler Gauthier, C
Devin Ross, WR

Cut from practice squad
Younghoe Koo, K
Jason Vander Laan, TE

Suspended
Michael Bennett, DE

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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.