Below is a transcript of the pool report with referee Clete Blakeman from the game between the Panthers and Patriots at Bank of America Stadium regarding the final play of the game. Pool reporters in attendance were Mike Reiss of ESPNBoston.com and Joseph Person of the Charlotte Observer.

A bewildered and frustrated Bill Belichick was asked about his reaction to the final play of the game on Monday night, a play in which the back judge threw a flag in the end zone for apparent pass interference as Luke Kuechly held Rob Gronkowski in the back of the end zone.

Belichick he was never told by the officiating crew why the flag was picked up and the game ended with the Patriots losing, 24-20.

The Patriots saw a late lead slip away, as Panthers quarterback Cam Newton led a touchdown drive with just under a minute left in the fourth quarter en route to Carolina’s 24-20 win over the Patriots on Monday night. The Patriots’ effort to respond with a drive of their own stalled out when Tom Brady‘s attempt from the 18-yard-line to find Rob Gronkowski in the end zone was intercepted as time expired.

The following players have been listed as inactive by the Patriots for Monday’s game against the Panthers: linebacker Steve Beauharnais, cornerback Alfonzo Dennard, safety Steve Gregory, offensive lineman Chris Barker, running back Brandon Bolden, defensive lineman Jake Bequette and running back/returner Leon Washington.

Here’s how the decisions will impact what happens on the field:

The Patriots have officially activated running back Shane Vereen. He is listed as probable for Monday night’s game against the Panthers.

Vereen has been on injured reserve since breaking his wrist in the Patriots’ Week 1 win over Buffalo. In that game, he registered 101 rushing yards and 58 receiving yards.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported earlier on Monday that the Patriots’ plan will be to “ease” Vereen back into the gameplan.

Two bodyguards who had been providing security for the 2009 wedding of Tom Brady and Gisele Bundchen in Costa Rica were found guilty of attempted murder for shooting at paparazzi who were trying to photograph the event, according to multiple reports.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter joined Dennis & Callahan Monday to discuss the Patriots’ matchup with the Panthers and news from around the NFL.

New England and Carolina square off on Monday night in Charlotte, N.C. The Panthers, backed by a stellar defense, enter the bout with a surprising 6-3 record. At the helm of that defense is middle linebacker Luke Kuechly, the former Boston College standout.

There have been conflicting reports about the level of the Patriots’ interest in Ed Reed after the veteran safety was released by the Texans last week. According to a story Sunday by Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports, Tom Brady texted Reed to encourage him to sign with New England. However, the Patriots brass did not show the same level of interest.

Wes Welker reportedly sustained a concussion in Sunday’s Broncos game. The former Patriots receiver, in his first season with Denver, took a serious hit going over the middle on a fourth-quarter pass play against the Chiefs, and left the game later in the second half as the team announced he was being evaluated for a concussion.

The Patriots announced Sunday night that Leon Washington has been downgraded to out for Monday’s game against the Panthers.

The veteran running back/kick returner has been dogged by injuries for the better part of the 2013 season, and showed up on the injury report with an ankle issue that had him limited over the course of the week. The 31-year-old has played in two games this season, and has one rush for one yard on the year.