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    Deflategate 2.0: Steelers' Mason Rudolph Accused of Using Deflated Football in Preseason Game Vs. Eagles
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    Deflategate 2.0: Steelers' Mason Rudolph accused of using deflated football in preseason game vs. Eagles

    Just hours after the Eagles' first preseason game, we were blessed with the dumbest NFL storyline of the year.

    Deflategate is back, this time without the fun of Tom Brady being owned by Roger Goodell and the NFL.

    In the third quarter of Thursday's Eagles-Steelers preseason game, WIP's Howard Eskin reported that Steelers rookie QB Mason Rudolph was using a vastly deflated ball. 

    In a preseason game.

    Whether intentional or not, the ball will be sent back to Wilson, the manufacturer, for review, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.

    NFL Vice President of Football Communications Michael Signora told Rapoport that "all footballs were in compliance with NFL rules following the pregame inspection process & all proper procedures were followed. In the 3Q, a football that was found to be defective was removed from play, will be sent back to Wilson for review."

    The Steelers went on to beat the Eagles, 31-14, with Rudolph leading the Steelers to three field goal drives in the second half. Rudolph, the Steelers third-round pick, finished 7 of 12 for 101 yards.

    After a lengthy back-and-forth court battle, Brady was suspended for four games to start the 2016 season for his role in the original Deflategate case and subsequent non-compliance with the league's investigation. Brady was accused of using deflated footballs during the Patriots' AFC Championship Game win over the Colts in 2015. 

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