IRVING, Texas (CBSNewYork/AP) — It seems this Deflategate won’t be nearly as drawn out as the last.
After the Giants reportedly alerted the league that the Pittsburgh Steelers used deflated footballs during their Dec. 4 game, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said Wednesday the case was basically closed.
Goodell repeated an earlier assessment that the NFL looked into the matter and found that there were no chain-of-command issues.
“So all of the league protocols being properly followed, there’s no further follow-up on that,” Goodell told reporters at the NFL’s winter meetings. “The teams didn’t follow up. We didn’t follow up any further ’cause we were comfortable that the protocols were followed.”
Fox’s Jay Glazer had reported that the Giants tested the balls and found they were under the legal inflation limit of 12.5 pounds per square inch.
The Steelers beat the Giants 24-14 at Heinz Stadium in Pittsburgh.
Quarterback Tom Brady was suspended the first four games of this season after an NFL investigation found the Patriots intentionally underinflated footballs in the 2015 AFC championship game, discipline that was held up by appeals and lawsuits.
In July 2015, the league instituted new rules regarding the handling and inspection of gameday footballs.
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