No investigation or federal case needed this time. The NFL says a bad football used in a preseason game Thursday night was simply defective.
The league said in a statement Friday that a ball was removed from play during the third quarter of the Steelers-Eagles game in Philadelphia and will be sent back to manufacturer Wilson for review.
Questions about an underinflated football flared among fans online after the preseason opener when a sideline radio reporter tweeted that he saw a ball looking "VERY deflated" after an incompletion thrown by Pittsburgh rookie Mason Rudolph.
That immediately brought back reminders of "Deflategate Breshad Perriman Jersey ," the scandal caused when New England Patriots superstar Tom Brady used underinflated footballs during the 2015 AFC championship game. Brady was ultimately suspended four games in 2016 for his role in a case that climbed all the way to a federal appeals court.
The saga prompted the NFL to change how it handles footballs before and during games.
NFL officials say all the proper procedures were followed during the game Thursday night.
Yovani Gallardo is back with the Texas Rangers for the first time in three years.
The right-hander who grew up in nearby Fort Worth was selected from the Triple-A Round Rock roster. He was set to start Sunday at home against the Colorado Rockies.
The 32-year-old Gallardo went 13-11 with a 3.42 ERA for Texas in 2015, and signed a free-agent contract with Baltimore in 2016.
Cincinnati released him this April after three appearances with a 30.86 ERA. Texas then signed Gallardo to a minor league contract Laremy Tunsil Jersey , and he went 2-1 with a 3.81 ERA in 10 starts at Triple-A.
Manager Jeff Banister said Gallardo could remain in the rotation.
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The Rangers optioned left-hander Brandon Mann to Round Rock. They opened a spot on the 40-man roster by placing right-hander Doug Fister, who’s out with a strained right knee Cameron Wake Jersey , on the 60-day disabled list.