NFL Investigating Deflated Football Pittsburgh Steelers Used Thursday Night vs. Eagles


According to Philly radio personality Howard Eskin on the scene at Thursday night's preseason contest between the Steelers and Eagles, an impressively deflated football was spotted in the hands of Mason Rudolph.

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

I, for one, am curious to see what the punishment for tossing a deflated ball in inarguably the least important game of the year is. "In the 3Q, a football that was found to be defective was removed from play, will be sent back to Wilson for review".

Rudolph, a third-round pick in April, played the entire second half and spent a portion of it scrambling for safety behind an offensive line littered with third-stringers.

NFL Vice President of Football Communications Michael Signora told Rapoport that "all footballs were in compliance with NFL rules following the pregame inspection process & all proper procedures were followed".

The saga prompted the NFL to change how it handles footballs before and during games. 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.