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Were the Steelers trying to cheat against the Eagles ... in the PRESEASON?! [UPDATE]

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DeflateGate back

NFL: Pittsburgh Steelers at Philadelphia Eagles James Lang-USA TODAY Sports

The NFL is investigating a “very deflated” football used by the Pittsburgh Steelers in their preseason game against the Philadelphia Eagles on Thursday night, according to a report from Eagles sideline reporter Howard Eskin.

Eskin added that the football in question was discovered in the third quarter when rookie quarterback Mason Rudolph was in the game.

GASP.

Sound the alarms! DeflateGate is back!

The concept of a team cheating in the preseason is pretty funny. I mean, why would they even risk getting caught for something like that in a game that just doesn’t matter?

Maybe the football was deflated because of some legitimate non-cheating reason. Or maybe Rudolph wanted to show he can be just like his idol, Tom Brady.

I don’t know. Either way, I don’t imagine much will come of this. Let’s just hope the Eagles aren’t facing opponents who try to deflate the football to gain an advantage in the regular season.

Speaking of cheaters, the Eagles will play their next preseason game against the New England Patriots at 8:00 PM ET on Thursday, August 16.

UPDATE: Statement from the NFL Vice President of Football Communications.

SECOND UPDATE: More from Howard Eskin. Shockingly, it looks like the Steelers were NOT trying to cheat in a preseason game!