NFL: Football used in Steelers-Eagles game “found to be defective” in third quarter

AP

The NFL has issued a statement about their look into a football used by the Steelers during Thursday night’s game against the Eagles.

Howard Eskin of WIP was a sideline reporter during the game reported the NFL was investigating what appeared to be an underinflated ball after seeing a football that looked “like a marshmallow” on the Steelers sideline. NFL vice president of football communications Michael Signora issued a statement on Friday about the incident.

“All footballs were in compliance with NFL rules following the pregame inspection process and all proper procedures were followed. In the third quarter, a football that was found to be defective was removed from play and will be sent back to Wilson for review.”

That does not sound like the precursor to another Ted Wells report or deliberations about the application of the Ideal Gas Law, although one can never know for sure what twists and turns may lie ahead.

83 responses to “NFL: Football used in Steelers-Eagles game “found to be defective” in third quarter

  1. That announcement by the NFL came quickly.
    Now would be a good time for Roger Goodell to apply that same quickness to the PSI report that has been hidden from football fans since 2015.

  2. Steelers don’t deflate footballs, as they have their own preferred way to cheat and we all know what that is. All 6 of their titles are tainted. 5 from rampant and systemic cheating (Dr Rydze, illegal steroid use as Bradshaw admitted on a national radio show). Seahawks fans will tell you all about the other one.

    🙂

  3. They’ll take any excuse possible to explain the Eagles getting blown out when they are supposed to be a deep roster

  4. Steelers are now 2 time PSI offenders, and the NFL doesn’t care (and neither do I). And the Colts and Giants are both admitted ball tamperers, and the NFL doesn’t care. Its almost as if Goodell learned something but doesn’t want to admit they were wrong about Deflategate. If they were to honor their promise of “getting it right” and being “transparent”, they would release the PSI logs.

  5. POUNDSAND says:
    August 10, 2018 at 10:23 am
    Cue Pats fans in 3-2-1……


    Why wouldn’t they
    This is now the second time it’s happened with the Steelers

    And did the NFL release the PSI stat yet

  6. “Is there a guy on staff nicknamed the “Deflator” by chance?”

    Dude, everyone knows that guy was just called that because he lost a lot of weight. Also, Brady smashed his phone because that’s what rich people DO when they get a new one! If you’re not cheating, you’re not trying! Everyone does it! It doesn’t make a difference, anyway!

  7. POUNDSAND says:
    August 10, 2018 at 10:23 am
    Cue Pats fans in 3-2-1……

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    …..0

    Pats fan here!

    Its obvious Pittsburgh is not guilty of anything here so we should just drop the matter and get back to football. I wish the Steelers the best and look forward to a fun competative season.

    Hope this helps.

  8. It’s easier to lie about a team cheating when they win all of the time.

    The Steelers aren’t perennial Super Bowl contenders, so there’s no reason to investigate.

  9. I guess Tom Brady will get a 4 game suspension for this if he doesn’t hand over his cell phone immediately.

  10. The teams prepare the footballs and then officials inspect them. How could a “defective” football make it past two different groups who were, in effect, quality checking them and into a game?

  11. Where is the PSI report that was promised in August of 2015?

    Why did the 56 lies proven in the Wells Report go unchecked by most of the media?

    Where was Article 46 for Peyton Manning’s obvious lies about HGH use and where was it for John Mara lying about vetting Josh Brown properly before signing him or Elu Manning’s obvious guilt in the memorabilia scam?

    Where was Article 46 for Ray Rice and blatant evidence of a disgusting crime?

    Shall I keep going?

    Why hasn’t Robby Anderson been suspended yet? Heas caught speeding with reckless driving, resisting arrest and threatening to sexually assault a cop’s wife.

    It’s just all so confusing.

    The Colts 4 footballs measured, out of 8, were below 12.5 PSI. Why did nothing happen to them or at least why weren’t phones confiscated?

    Kinda funny how it’s clear NFL refs don’t take their jobs as serious as the NFL claims, and a completely defective football made it into an anal NFL QB’s bag.

    Hmmm.

  12. What the NFL is trying to say, is that they followed their proper procedure pre-game and in-game, so they don’t believe it’s possible the ball was tampered with. It doesn’t mean they weren’t, but the NFL thinks their policy ensures it won’t happen.

  13. So a ball had a leak. Hasn’t this happened thousands of times in the history of the NFL? Does it matter… just replace the ball and move on. This is so stupid. There doesn’t need to be an air pressure rule. Just let the officials squeeze the football and replace it as needed.

  14. “Kinda funny how it’s clear NFL refs don’t take their jobs as serious as the NFL claims, and a completely defective football made it into an anal NFL QB’s bag.

    Hmmm.”

    It’s called “projecting”. It’s really sad.

  15. Chill_Donahue says:
    August 10, 2018 at 10:39 am

    Steelers are now 2 time PSI offenders, and the NFL doesn’t care (and neither do I). And the Colts and Giants are both admitted ball tamperers, and the NFL doesn’t care. Its almost as if Goodell learned something but doesn’t want to admit they were wrong about Deflategate. If they were to honor their promise of “getting it right” and being “transparent”, they would release the PSI logs.
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    I don’t care either … whether it’s accurate or not, it’s an equipment violation and $25k fine, just move on.

  16. Let the investigation begin and suspend Ben 8 games since its more probable than not he knew, lets take away two first round picks since they did this back in 2016 and for good measure a five million dollar fine.

  17. dejc421 says:

    August 10, 2018 at 11:42 am

    Chill_Donahue says:
    August 10, 2018 at 10:39 am

    Steelers are now 2 time PSI offenders, and the NFL doesn’t care (and neither do I). And the Colts and Giants are both admitted ball tamperers, and the NFL doesn’t care. Its almost as if Goodell learned something but doesn’t want to admit they were wrong about Deflategate. If they were to honor their promise of “getting it right” and being “transparent”, they would release the PSI logs.
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    I don’t care either … whether it’s accurate or not, it’s an equipment violation and $25k fine, just move on.

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    Not anymore, the courts backed Goodell and said he can do whatever he wants. The unfortunate precedent has been set. Its all so very stupid and there’s no way the NFL would do this all again the same way if they had the chance.

  18. Over inflated, under inflated. It doesn’t matter. The Steelers are going to screw it up in the last two minutes anyway

  19. YourTeamSucks says:
    August 10, 2018 at 11:43 am

    Are the Steelers trying to cover it up like the Pats did?
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    They don’t have to, since the NFL won’t do anything about it anyway.

  20. bullcharger says:
    August 10, 2018 at 11:32 am
    So a ball had a leak. Hasn’t this happened thousands of times in the history of the NFL? Does it matter… just replace the ball and move on. This is so stupid. There doesn’t need to be an air pressure rule. Just let the officials squeeze the football and replace it as needed.

    10 0 Rate This

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    Just like Deflategate where they lied and framed off of a known protocol that really isn;t followed because no one cares, it’s why bringing your video coordinator on the road, and having on a sideline, no one cared as long as the tape was not ejected and viewed by a coach, which we know the Pats never did.

    Goodell is a liar. He damn well knew the feud between the Pats and Jets, how Mangini tried to steal laptops and info before he left for NY, and how that bad blood still carried over, but he ignored it all, framed the Pats and lied to the NFL customer.

    Little did we know, he would continue to do this for over 10+ years, so regularly, people don’t even know he’s a liar, after all of his lying and caught in federal courts.

  21. bullcharger says:
    August 10, 2018 at 11:32 am

    So a ball had a leak. Hasn’t this happened thousands of times in the history of the NFL? Does it matter… just replace the ball and move on. This is so stupid. There doesn’t need to be an air pressure rule. Just let the officials squeeze the football and replace it as needed.
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    Exactly. People act like the football PSI has some scientific football relevance, when it is nothing more than Wilson’s recommended inflation level. By now, everyone should know that the PSI level often naturally fluctuates more than 1PSI throughout the course of a game.

  22. Now why don’t I believe them when they say “All footballs were in compliance with NFL rules following the pregame inspection process and all proper procedures were followed.” Hmmmmm

  23. Sounds like manufacturer’s error, defective equipment.

    NOBODY cheats in the preseason…

    Well, except the Patsies from NE, if they’re breathin’, they’re cheatin’…if they’re speakin’, they’re lyin’!

  24. Steelers are one of the protected teams.

    _________

    Let’s see here:

    A.) Brady’s knee is shredded wk 1 when KC defender dives at his knees on a rush. “Brady Rule” created to penalize defenders who go low on the QB.

    PRIOR to that, the Pats magically became the first team to ever benefit from some mysterious “tuck rule”, in playoff game…at home.

    B.) Ben gets his face smashed and bloodied by Haloti Ngata from the Ravens…not even a damn flag thrown. But Nate Solder could draw a flag on a d-lineman for “illegal usage of hands to the face”, to be sure.

    Bet Solder doesn’t get that call in a Giants uni.

    There is only ONE protected team in the NFL. For the rare occasions they’ve been punished for their misdeeds, New England has gotten off relatively lightly, scot-free in most of their numerous instances in the past 18 yrs or so.

    Get over it, clown shoes!

  25. The haters are really going to crawl back under their rocks now: ” All footballs were in compliance with NFL rules following the pregame inspection process and all procedures were followed. In the third quarter a football that was found to be defective was removed from play and will be sent back to the manufacturer Wilson for review.” – league spokesman Michael Signora. Also note the philly reporter is such a fool he did not stop to think why would anyone deflate a ball in preseason.

  26. tvguy22 said: Perhaps the difference is this one was not deliberate? Is there a guy on staff nicknamed the “Deflator” by chance?
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    Then there would be no difference at all. In the Patriots-Colts incident, where a temperature drop caused the necessary pressure drop, the footballs had been handled pregame by a man with the nickname “Bird”. Brady thought his name was “Bert”, he knew him so well! Bird had indeed jokingly called himself the deflator ONE TIME, the year before, after the refs in a Jets-Patriots game have overinflated balls to an illegal 16 psi and got Brady mad at them. Brady thought that they had screwed up and given the refs overinflated footballs. He made it clear that in the future any overinflated balls should be DEFLATED so that they would be in the LEGAL range. yes, Brady was very adamant that footballs be legally inflated.

    You probably already know this and are just one of the trolls. Still, the truth ought to be told and re-told.

  27. moltensteelgumbo7 says:

    August 10, 2018 at 12:41 pm

    Steelers are one of the protected teams.

    _________

    Let’s see here:

    A.) Brady’s knee is shredded wk 1 when KC defender dives at his knees on a rush. “Brady Rule” created to penalize defenders who go low on the QB.

    PRIOR to that, the Pats magically became the first team to ever benefit from some mysterious “tuck rule”, in playoff game…at home.

    B.) Ben gets his face smashed and bloodied by Haloti Ngata from the Ravens…not even a damn flag thrown. But Nate Solder could draw a flag on a d-lineman for “illegal usage of hands to the face”, to be sure.

    Bet Solder doesn’t get that call in a Giants uni.

    There is only ONE protected team in the NFL. For the rare occasions they’ve been punished for their misdeeds, New England has gotten off relatively lightly, scot-free in most of their numerous instances in the past 18 yrs or so.

    Get over it, clown shoes!

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    Uh, except the “mysterious” Tuck Rule was called AGAINST the Patriots that same year. Not so “mysterious” after all.. Bad rule, right call, which is why it was taken out od the rule book a couple years later. Those are the breaks of the game.

    And funny you mention the Giants who admitted to tampering with the Steelers footballs in 2016. Its illegal to stick a needle gauge into any football post ref inspection as it lets out air. I don’t really care, but it shows the NFL’s inconsistency with the rule, also seen here with the Steelers.

  28. Rdog says:
    August 10, 2018 at 10:38 am
    They’ll take any excuse possible to explain the Eagles getting blown out when they are supposed to be a deep roster
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    Dont forget the Browns went 4-0 in the 2017 Preseason…Super Bowl!
    Dope. Its the preseason.

    What’s funnier is this idiotic team is cheating during the preseason.

  29. Some of you are ridiculous.. The purpose of a preseason game is to test players’ abilities to handle real-game circumstances. Which includes a standard football. Landry Jones didnt smash his phone. Nobody is trying to give Josh Dobbs or Mason Rudolph a competitive advantage. It was ONE ball, not the lot of them.. The Steelers have nobody on staff nicknamed ” The Deflator” hiding in bathrooms with balls. Patriots got caught cheating (again) and still can’t get over it.

  30. moltensteelgumbo7 says:

    Let’s see here:

    A.) Brady’s knee is shredded wk 1 when KC defender dives at his knees on a rush. “Brady Rule” created to penalize defenders who go low on the QB.


    No, the “Carson Palmer rule” was already in place. You should know. A Steeler was responsible.

    B) PRIOR to that, the Pats magically became the first team to ever benefit from some mysterious “tuck rule”, in playoff game…at home.


    No, they were not the first, the 5th , or even the 10th. The tuck rule had been applied many times before, and over 100 times after. The Jets Vinny Testaverde had benefitted from a tuck rule call that same season, vs. the Patriots.

  31. POUNDSAND says:
    August 10, 2018 at 12:52 pm

    Some of you are ridiculous.. The purpose of a preseason game is to test players’ abilities to handle real-game circumstances. Which includes a standard football. Landry Jones didnt smash his phone. Nobody is trying to give Josh Dobbs or Mason Rudolph a competitive advantage. It was ONE ball, not the lot of them.. The Steelers have nobody on staff nicknamed ” The Deflator” hiding in bathrooms with balls. Patriots got caught cheating (again) and still can’t get over it.
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    The Steelers, known cheaters, have now been caught twice with deflated footballs.

  32. Just so we’re clear … $5+ million to determine the balls weren’t defective vs a (yet another) phone call to determine the balls weren’t defective.

    Carry on.

  33. The Steelers, known cheaters, have now been caught twice with deflated footballs.

    What a obtuse comment. Cheating a preseason game…..? Come on Francis shake it off your jealousy has gotten the better of your limited intelligence. Man Pats fans are really lost….

  34. Nofoolnodrool says:
    August 10, 2018 at 1:32 pm
    The Steelers, known cheaters, have now been caught twice with deflated footballs.

    What a obtuse comment. Cheating a preseason game…..? Come on Francis shake it off your jealousy has gotten the better of your limited intelligence. Man Pats fans are really lost….
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    Sure. Two defective footballs ……….

  35. Nofoolnodrool says:
    August 10, 2018 at 1:32 pm

    What a obtuse comment. Cheating a preseason game…..? Come on Francis shake it off your jealousy has gotten the better of your limited intelligence..
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    didn’t know that the same rules did not apply to the preseason. thanks for clearing that up.

  36. Nofoolnodrool says:
    August 10, 2018 at 1:32 pm

    What a obtuse comment. Cheating a preseason game…..? Come on Francis shake it off your jealousy has gotten the better of your limited intelligence. Man Pats fans are really lost….
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    POUNDSAND did say that the preseason is used to test players abilities to handle real-game circumstances, so it stands to reason that they would get them ready to use deflated footballs.

  37. Tom Brady should tell the Commissioner to report to his office immediately and bring his lawyers with him.

  38. One minor detail that always seems to be overlooked in this football pressure saga…is the assumption that Brady some how gained an advantage by using under inflated footballs.

    This assumption was proven wrong in the 2nd half of the infamous “deflategate” game after the officials made sure that the footballs were properly inflated.
    Brady went on to score more points than he had scored in the first half of that game. Brady scored 28 points in the 2nd half of that game.

    The league then put the Patriots footballs under a close watch and the Patriots and Brady dominated the rest of the league…except for a close loss in a Superbowl which was mostly due to the Patriots defense.

  39. itsalwaysabout says:
    August 10, 2018 at 11:56 am
    OH, OK, it was defective. How do these guys look in a mirror?
    ==================

    Back in 2015, people Wilson Sporting Goods were adamant that nothing could happen, inflation-wise, to a football unless someone tampered with it:

    “Well it couldn’t unless something happened to a bladder, but that really doesn’t happen and there’s no other real way,” Wilson’s director of experiential marketing Molly Wallace said. “All we know is what we can control is when it leaves the factory it’s within an NFL spec, within the PSI of 12 1/2 to 13 1/2 pounds of pressure for every single NFL team.”

    Now, the story is that it was a “defective” football, even though the manufacturer says that never happens.

  40. GoodellMustGo says:
    August 10, 2018 at 10:38 am
    Steelers don’t deflate footballs, as they have their own preferred way to cheat and we all know what that is. All 6 of their titles are tainted. 5 from rampant and systemic cheating (Dr Rydze, illegal steroid use as Bradshaw admitted on a national radio show). Seahawks fans will tell you all about the other one.

    Throwing the ball at the one yard line? Oh nevermind that is another superbowl loss

  41. factpurveyor says:
    August 10, 2018 at 2:37 pm
    One minor detail that always seems to be overlooked in this football pressure saga…is the assumption that Brady some how gained an advantage by using under inflated footballs.

    This assumption was proven wrong in the 2nd half of the infamous “deflategate” game after the officials made sure that the footballs were properly inflated.
    Brady went on to score more points than he had scored in the first half of that game. Brady scored 28 points in the 2nd half of that game.

    The league then put the Patriots footballs under a close watch and the Patriots and Brady dominated the rest of the league…except for a close loss in a Superbowl which was mostly due to the Patriots defense.

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    It’s technically a stupid assumption, since a harder, tighter ball easier to throw and get to a point faster with accuracy because it’s soft.

    But, that just proves no one cares what the facts and truth are, they just want the Pats punished.

  42. GROWN MEN arguing back and forth on an internet comments section about “their” team -absolutely pathetic. If you put one tenth the effort and dedication into your job that you do to studying every facet of “your” team so you can better argue online, you’d probably have enough money to have your own team by nowm

  43. It doesnt take much to make a fanboy take the bait that’s why they hook scars around their mouths. It’s preseason ladies you are making too much of this and your persecution complex is getting old…give it a rest…find something new to feel persecuted about ……softer than charman

  44. Nofoolnodrool says:
    August 10, 2018 at 4:40 pm

    It doesnt take much to make a fanboy take the bait that’s why they hook scars around their mouths. It’s preseason ladies you are making too much of this and your persecution complex is getting old…give it a rest…find something new to feel persecuted about ……softer than charman
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    Of course you downplay cheating since it is the cheating Steelers that got caught. So predictable.

  45. Of course you downplay cheating since it is the cheating Steelers that got caught. So predictable.” That team up in the northeast wrote the book on cheating. Deny, deny, deny, but you know it’s true. This team’s fans are, without question, the worst fans that have ever existed, in any sport, anywhere.

  46. Nofoolnodrool says:

    August 10, 2018 at 4:40 pm

    It doesnt take much to make a fanboy take the bait that’s why they hook scars around their mouths.
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    Making foolish comments in a public place usually result in smarter people calling you out for it. If you want to pretend that your silly comments are intentional and call it “fishing” and devote your time to it…then we should all support your hobby…everyone deserves to have a hobby…and actual fishing is likely far too complicated. Carry on.

  47. I just showed up to hear the Pats fans complain about the 4 game break their QB got that actually helped him in the long run and oh, win a SB to boot. Circumstantial or not, a series of events and actions led to it. No one here destroyed a phone or deleted texts or had a shady equipment manager.

  48. williamshatnerstoupee says:
    August 10, 2018 at 5:26 pm

    That team up in the northeast wrote the book on cheating.
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    Yep, the Steelers did write the book.

  49. The Patriots have been caught and punished twice. And it was going on long before they were caught. Wake up, northeaster. The lengths you people will go to to justify the cheating are hilarious.

  50. And it turns out it was a defective ball. Ha ha, like the Steelers would find it necessary to cheat the third quarter of a preseason game. Does nobody around here think before they spew? I’m talking to YOU, chowderhead Patriots fans. You may not eat your crow.

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