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Pete Morelli assigned as Pats-Colts ref

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Veteran referee Pete Morelli has been assigned Sunday night's game between the New England Patriots and Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium.

Morelli's crew has already worked one Patriots game this season -- a Week 3 win at home over Oakland. In that game, the Patriots were called for six accepted penalties, which was below their average on the season. That is consistent with Morelli's crew, which generally calls among the fewest penalties in the NFL.

Morelli's assignment leads off our weekly "penalty watch" for the Patriots (includes declined and offsetting penalties):

PENALTY LEADERBOARD

OT Nate Solder -- 8

CB Brandon Browner -- 7

CB Logan Ryan -- 7

WR Brandon LaFell -- 6

OL Jordan Devey -- 5

C Bryan Stork -- 5

CB Darrelle Revis -- 4

OL Marcus Cannon -- 3

LB Jamie Collins -- 3

CB Alfonzo Dennard -- 3

TE Rob Gronkowski -- 3

LB Dont'a Hightower -- 3

PENALTY BREAKDOWN

False start -- 15

Holding (offensive) -- 12

Holding (defensive) -- 10

Pass interference (defense) -- 8

Pass interference (offensive) -- 5

Holding (special teams) -- 4

Illegal use of hands -- 4

Unnecessary roughness -- 4

Illegal block above the waist (special teams) -- 3

Offside (special teams) -- 3

Roughing the passer -- 3

NOTES: The Patriots have been called for 91 total penalties, 79 of which have been accepted. This puts the Patriots on pace to easily surpass their highest accepted penalty total under Bill Belichick, 111 in the 2003 season. Belichick spoke about the need to cut back on penalties earlier this week.