With the NFL yet to release any real information regarding DeflateGate, the rumor mill has continued to churn.
A new report from ProFootballTalk’s Mike Florio states that the footballs used by the New England Patriots in last Sunday’s AFC Championship Game were under-inflated, but perhaps not by as much as originally reported.
“As one league source has explained it to PFT,” Florio wrote Sunday, “the football intercepted by Colts linebacker D’Qwell Jackson was roughly two pounds under the 12.5 PSI minimum. The other 10 balls that reportedly were two pounds under may have been, as the source explained it, closer to one pound below 12.5 PSI.”
ESPN initially reported earlier in the week that 11 of the Patriots’ 12 footballs were found to be two pounds per square inch below the NFL-mandated minimum. If Florio’s report proves accurate, it would give more credence to Patriots coach Bill Belichick’s claim that weather conditions caused the under-inflation.
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