Thursday, 16 August, 2018

National Football League investigating deflated ball in Steelers-Eagles game

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Cary Erickson | 13 August, 2018, 02:28

Football returned far and wide Thursday night with a slate of 12 NFL preseason games, and with them seemingly a second installment of one of the league's most freaky controversies: Deflategate.

The incident reportedly took place while Mason Rudolph was behind center for the Steelers.

NFL vice president of football communications Michael Signora released a statement Friday morning suggesting the incident simply was an equipment issue and that the Steelers likely won't be facing any months-long investigation. After beating Rasul Douglas for a jump ball off a free play, Smith-Schuster sprinted into the end zone, then sat down to simulate dinner time - with a white towel tucked into the neck of his jersey like a napkin, the football serving as the plate and his right wrist twisting an imaginary fork. I looked like he was squeezing a marshmallow. This was more than a little deflated. Rookie James Washington was of a similar mold, and after he was drafted even talked about how he embraces the physical aspects of his position and of going up and getting the football, a quality that some of the team's more finesse wide receivers in recent years may have lacked.

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Less than 12 hours later, the NFL sent a memo to reporters at the league owned network that basically said, "nothing to see here".

"All footballs were in compliance with NFL rules following the pregame inspection process & all proper procedures were followed", the statement read, as tweeted by NFL Media's Ian Rapoport.

The Giants had recovered two turnovers and measured the balls on their sideline; they came up at 11.4 PSI and 11.8.