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Did Steelers use deflated balls? No formal complaint

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

NEW YORK — The NFL says no formal complaint was filed last week by the New York Giants, who reportedly alerted the league that the Pittsburgh Steelers were using deflated footballs during their game.

Fox reported Sunday that after the Giants forced two turnovers during their 24-14 loss last Sunday , they tested the footballs on their sideline. After both of the footballs tested below the NFL standards for PSI, according to the report, the Giants sent them to the league office.

New York Giants cornerback Eli Apple breaks up a pass intended for Pittsburgh Steelers tight end Ladarius Green on Sunday, Dec. 4, 2016. The Steelers released Green and long snapper Greg Warren on Thursday after both failed physicals. While Warren’s departure became imminent after the Steelers made the unusual move of selecting long snapper Colin Holba from Louisville in last month’s draft, cutting Green came as a surprise. Pittsburgh made a rare splurge in free agency when it signed Green to a four-year, $20 million deal in March 2016. He ended up catching just 18 passes for 308 yards and a touchdown in an injury-plagued season.

The NFL issued a statement Sunday saying: “The officiating game ball procedures were followed and there were no chain of command issues. All footballs were in compliance and no formal complaint was filed by the Giants with our office.”

Fox reporter Jay Glazer, who had the report, wrote on Twitter that the NFL was “correct in saying no FORMAL complaint was FILED, Giants tested balls & informed the NFL they were under legal limit. Giants confirmed.”

New England’s Tom Brady was suspended the first four games of this season as a result of his role after an NFL investigation concluded the team intentionally underinflated footballs used in the 2015 AFC Championship game.