On Thursday night during the third quarter of their preseason game against the Philadelphia Eagles, the Pittsburgh Steelers were reportedly using footballs that were so badly deflated they looked like marshmallows.
According to a report from an Eagles flagship station WIP sideline reporter, the ball in question was taken out of play in the third quarter following a Mason Rudolph incompletion.
"All footballs were in compliance with NFL rules following the pregame inspection process and all proper procedures were followed", NFL vice president of football communications Michael Signora said in a statement.
Unlike with the Patriots, the National Football League is ready to move on from this quickly.
That would be good news for everyone involved (it's the preseason, people), even if it leaves somewhat of a bitter taste in the mouths of Tom Brady and the New England Patriots, who were disciplined after several years of hand-wringing over deflated footballs. The Patriots quarterback was handed a four-game suspension, while the team was stripped two draft picks and fined $1 million.