NFL says Steelers followed proper procedure on deflated football
Deflategate 2.0 appears to be short-lived.
Amid reports that the Pittsburgh Steelers used deflated footballs during Thursday’s preseason game against the Philadelphia Eagles, NFL spokesperson Michael Signora issued a statement Friday saying one deflated football was quickly removed from play, while the other footballs were found to be in compliance with rules and the team followed all proper protocols.
From @NFLfootballinfo on PIT-PHI: "All footballs were in compliance with NFL rules following the pregame inspection process & all proper procedures were followed. In the 3Q, a football that was found to be defective was removed from play, will be sent back to Wilson for review.”
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) August 10, 2018
In other words, the Steelers’ own personal Deflategate scandal appears to be over before it could begin. It was enough to briefly send Twitter wild, but with this statement and the fact that it all took place during a largely meaningless preseason game, it’s safe to say we probably won’t be hearing much more about this.