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Mike Tomlin: Report of deflation a “non-story for us”

Mike Florio explains why the recent report about deflated balls in Pittsburgh could put the NFL in a bind if the league's reaction is different from how they treated the situation with the Patriots.

Sunday began with Jay Glazer of FOX reporting that the Giants had alerted the league office to the fact that a pair of footballs obtained via turnover against the Steelers last Sunday were not fully inflated. It ended (or at least continued, since the night is still young) with Steelers coach Mike Tomlin downplaying the issue.

“I heard about it but we have absolutely no response,” Tomlin told reporters after a win at Buffalo. “We’ll cooperate fully with whatever New York wants to do in regards to that. we have absolutely nothing to hide. It’s a non-story for us.”

Tomlin’s reference to New York implies that some sort of a report was made to the league office, even though the league has said no “formal complaint” was filed. That’s accurate, but so is Glazer’s report that the Giants reported the situation to the league.

Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger laughed off the situation, telling reporters that the Steelers use “Nerf balls.”

I’ll have an update on the matter during NBC’s Football Night in America.