Reports reaching us from wthr.com’s Bob Kravitz confirm that the NFL is investigating the possibility that the Patriots deflated footballs in their 45-7 win over the Colts Sunday night.
The source told Kravitz that officials took a ball out of play at one point and weighed it.
New York Newsday’s Bob Glauber tweeted around 7 a.m. Monday that NFL Spokesman Michael Signora confirmed the WTHR exclusive that the NFL is looking into whether footballs were properly inflated during the Colts-Patriots game.
A deflated football could potentially be easier to throw and catch or more difficult, depending on how deflated it is.
Kravitz was told that if a league investigation confirms deflated footballs, it would result in lost draft picks for the Patriots. Deflating footballs isn’t a new issue in the game of football.
A USC football manager was fired from the team in 2012 after taking the heat for intentionally deflating footballs in a game against Oregon.