Deflategate Part 2: NFL Investigating Steelers Use of Deflated Balls in Preseason

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That was at 10:26 p.m. ET. Eskin reported a Pittsburgh football looked "very deflated" and was "like a marshmallow". The #NFL has the Football and is investigating.

"I was 3 yards away from it", Eskin said of the deflated football, which had landed out of bounds. Now, he's best known as the first quarterback in more than 35 years to get drafted in the first two rounds and then not throw a pass during his first two NFL seasons, as Football Perspective's Chase Stuart pointed out.

The NFL quickly squashed any talk of Deflategate 2 on Friday morning, saying everything was handled as it should have been and that the ball merely was "defective".

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Less than 12 hours later, the NFL sent a memo to reporters at the league owned network that basically said, "nothing to see here". There was optimism surrounding the move, with Oakland coach Jon Gruden lauding the quarterback back in his ESPN days.

The issue of deflated footballs became a big storyline after the 2014 season when the NFL launched an investigation into the Patriots and Tom Brady after their AFC Championship Game against the Colts in January 2015. He was unable to move higher than second on the depth chart and ended up being active for only one National Football League game in two years.

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