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Steelers Mason Rudolph explains about 'freak deal' deflategate

Steelers Mason Rudolph explains about 'freak deal' deflategate

Football returned far and wide Thursday night with a slate of 12 NFL preseason games, and with them seemingly a second installment of one of the league's most weird controversies: Deflategate.

"I was three yards away from it", Eskin-the Eagles' radio sideline reporter on 94WIP-said of the deflated football that ended up out of bounds.

The incident reportedly took place while Mason Rudolph was behind center for the Steelers.

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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".

Considering all of the other footballs were properly inflated, it's entirely possible the ball simply had a defect and wasn't intentionally deflated.

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". 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. 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.