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NFL says Steelers’ footballs used in Giants game were in compliance

New York Giants tight end Will Tye is

New York Giants tight end Will Tye is tackled by Pittsburgh Steelers defensive back Cortez Allen during the first half on Dec. 4, 2016, in Pittsburgh. Credit: AP / Jared Wickerham

As with most sequels, Deflategate II didn’t come close to living up to the original.

According to a report by Jay Glazer on Fox Sports’ NFL pregame show Sunday, the Giants tested the air pressure in two footballs they recovered via turnovers by the Steelers in last week’s game in Pittsburgh and sent them to the league for further examination.

All of which harks back to the Patriots and the league’s investigation that they deliberately deflated footballs for use in the 2014 AFC Championship Game against the Colts. That eventually led to Tom Brady’s four-game suspension this year and a $1-million fine plus the loss of two draft picks by the Patriots.

This time, though, the Steelers’ footballs seem to have checked out OK.

“All footballs were in compliance and no formal complaint was filed by the Giants with our office,” said Michael Signora, the NFL’s vice president of football communications. He also noted that the “officiating game ball procedures were followed and there were no chain-of-command issues.”

That doesn’t mean the Giants were not suspicious, or that the footballs were not measured on the sideline, or even that they were not submitted to the NFL for further evaluation. All of that appears to have happened.

But it does mean, at least, that this version of Deflategate seems to have ended much more quickly and quietly than the first.


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