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

WATCH: JuJu Smith-Schuster with 71-yard TD grab in preseason opener

Questions about an underinflated football flared among fans online after the preseason opener when a sideline radio reporter tweeted that he saw a ball looking "VERY deflated" after an incompletion thrown by Pittsburgh rookie Mason Rudolph.

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 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. He's played in only one year so far in his NFL career, but he's already proven himself as among the league's premier end-zone entertainers. I looked like he was squeezing a marshmallow. 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.


"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.

The NFL moved on quickly in that case as well.

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