NFL finds 'defective' football in Steelers-Eagles game

NFL finds 'defective' football in Steelers-Eagles game

Howard Eskin of 610 WIP, a Philadelphia radio station, reported on Twitter that one of the Steelers' footballs was, "VERY deflated," during their 31-14 preseason victory over the Eagles.

Eskin said the National Football League has one of the balls in question, adding that it was very deflated and like a marshmellow. "I saw the FB after incompletion and it was like a marshmallow". He scored on a 29-yard strike from Joshua Dobbs in which he was required to adjust to the ball in the air and snag it rather than let it come to him.

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Of course, one might argue that the NFL going down another absurd rabbit hole over a deflated football would have qualified as entertaining. This was more than a little deflated.

In response, NFL vice president of football communications Michael Signora said in a statement that a football was "found to be defective", but didn't confirm it was deflated. The ball was found during the third quarter when Steelers third-round rookie quarterback Mason Rudolph at the helm. "The next thing I knew, the NFL was checking the football". In 2016, the New York Giants alerted the league that two of Pittsburgh's footballs were under the league-minimum 12.5 PSI measurement during a Week 13 game.

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