Deflategate 2.0? NFL investigates 'defective' ball used in Steelers win over Eagles

Howard Eskin, 94WIP's sideline reporter, tweeted that he saw the ball in question.

Eric Walter
August 10, 2018 - 1:30 pm
The Philadelphia Eagles line up against the Pittsburgh Steelers int the fourth quarter at Lincoln Financial Field in their pre-season game on Aug. 9, 2018

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — The NFL is investigating whether the Pittsburgh Steelers used an underinflated football in their win against the Philadelphia Eagles in their preseason opener on Thursday night at Lincoln Financial Field.

The NFL on Friday released a statement saying the ball was "defective." 

"All footballs were in compliance with NFL rules following the pregame inspection process and all proper procedures were followed. In the third quarter, a football that was found to be defective was removed from play and will be sent back to Wilson for review."

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Howard Eskin, 94WIP's Eagles radio sideline reporter, tweeted Thursday night that he saw the ball in question during the Steelers-Eagles game. 

Eskin was on 94WIP's Morning Show on Friday to explain more. 

"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. "So the ball boy comes over, picks up the football, and he squeezes. I looked like he was squeezing a marshmallow. It was so deflated. This was more than a little deflated. The next thing I knew, the NFL was checking the football.

Listen to the full conversation on 94WIP.com.