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FOXBOROUGH — Roger Goodell addressed a pair of Patriots-related issues Wednesday as the NFL’s winter meetings wrapped up outside Dallas.
The NFL commissioner said there has been no resolutions in either the illegal filming incident by a Kraft Sports Productions crew Sunday in Cleveland or the league’s investigation of former New England receiver Antonio Brown.
Bill Belichick reiterated for the third straight day his football operations staff “had nothing to do with what happened” when a videographer broke NFL rules while filming a segment on a Patriots advance scout during the Bengals-Browns game.
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The Patriots acknowledged Monday the video crew shot “without specific knowledge of League rules — inappropriately filmed the field from the press box.’’
The Bengals alerted NFL security and the film was turned over to the league.
Though the Patriots sought and were granted permission by the host Browns for the crew to be there, the Bengals and the NFL were not notified, and the Patriots also acknowledged this was an “unintended oversight.’’
The league fined Belichick and the Patriots and docked them a first-round pick for illegally taping the Jets’ sideline in 2007 and Goodell said that will be a factor in any punishment for Sunday’s incident.
“Of course,’’ said the commissioner. “But I think the key things are the new information that we have — that information [from 2007] we obviously already had. I think the issue is what information do we have from this incident.’’
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The feature being filmed Sunday was part of the ongoing “Do Your Job” series, which is intended to shed light on the roles of some of the team’s support staff.
“The football team, the football staff, and the coaching staff had nothing to do with what happened,’’ Belichick said when asked about the differences between the football and production sides of the organization. “Nothing.’’
When asked if the scout should have known it was verboten to film the Bengals’ sideline, the coach said, “He was doing his job, that’s what he was doing. He was doing his job, like we all try to do. That’s what the football team, the football staff, the coaching staff do. Last week [we] tried to do our job for Kansas City. And then Cincinnati, and then Buffalo next week. And that’s it.’’
Belichick was asked several more questions about the incident, including if he’s heard from the league or if he’s reached out to Bengals coach Zac Taylor.
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“I don’t have anything to add,’’ he said. “I don’t know how many times I need to say that.’’
Patriots tight end Ben Watson said there’s been no trickle-down effect on the players.
“I think it starts at the top, it starts with Coach Belichick. “He does a great job of filtering out the noise, keeping us focused. That’s something that I think permeates the entire team, from the leadership on down to the rookies coming in, you understand that anything on the outside really has no bearing on anything that goes on in here.’’
As for Brown, Goodell said he did not meet with the embattled receiver.
“They still have not completed the investigation,’’ Goodell said. “The investigators did [meet with Brown]; I did not meet with Antonio. But they have more work to do. They are following up on that. I will get an update when they have more information.’’
Edelman misses practice
Julian Edelman missed his first practice of the season Wednesday as the Patriots top receiver tended to knee and shoulder injuries. Edelman had a chest ailment earlier in the season.
Edelman missed the session for load management purposes, according to The Athletic. The 11-year veteran had game highs in catches (8) and yards (95) against the Chiefs and leads the Patriots with 90 catches and 1,010 yards. He is on pace to set career highs in both categories.
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Defensive tackle Byron Cowart (head) was the only other player not spotted at the full-pads session, though he was listed as limited. The rookie has missed the past two games.
On the bright side, center Ted Karras, who suffered a knee injury against the Texans and missed the Chiefs game, returned to practice on a limited basis.
“I feel good,’’ said Karras.
The Patriots signed three players to the practice squad, including kicker Josh Gable, a noted “trick shot” kicker who has gained a large following on YouTube.
In one of his popular videos, Gable nails an 80-yard field goal. Of course, he didn’t have to deal with defenders rushing him on the attempt.
This is the first NFL go-around for Gable, who didn’t play football in college, but has had stints in the Indoor Football League with the Nebraska Danger, Iowa Barnstormers, and Tucson Sugar Skills. He also played in the Spring League and has professional soccer stops in Italy and Belgium.
Gable is no stranger to Foxborough, having been invited to rookie minicamp in 2017 and he also had a tryout after Stephen Gostkowski was placed on injured reserve in October.
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Gable provides depth behind Nick Folk, who returned last week after missing a game to have his appendix removed.
Gostkowski, Mike Nugent, Folk, and Kai Forbath all have kicked for the Patriots this season.
Practice squad adds
The other new Patriots practice squanders are defensive end Eric Lee, who played in nine games (postseason included) with 3.5 sacks for New England in 2017, and undrafted rookie safety Adarius Pickett, who amassed 274 tackles and 7 interceptions in 50 career games at UCLA . . . Other Patriots limited at practice included receiver Mohamed Sanu (ankle), Ja’Whaun Bentley (knee), cornerback Jason McCourty (groin), and defensive tackle Danny Shelton (shoulder). Quarterback Tom Brady (right elbow) and receiver N’Keal Harry (hip) were full participants.
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