National Football League eyes Steelers for deflated balls

National Football League eyes Steelers for deflated balls

National Football League eyes Steelers for deflated balls

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 freakish controversies: Deflategate. Eskin's colorful vision tells it all.

The attorney who led the NFL's 14-week investigation into the Patriots deflating footballs and concluded it was "more probable than not" the team violated league rules may have more work to do. Perhaps the Steelers will be sentenced to play an extra preseason game?

"In the third quarter, a football that was found to be defective was removed from play and will be sent back to [manufacturer] Wilson for review".

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The statement comes after sideline reporter Howard Eskin of WIP radio in Philadelphia shared on Twitter at least one of Pittsburgh's footballs was very deflated, saying, "It was like a marshmallow".

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. New England also had two draft picks taken away, including a first-rounder, and was hit with a $1 million fine.

National Football League officials say all the proper procedures were followed during the game Thursday night.

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