NFL: Steelers’ deflated football just defective
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.
NFL officials say all the proper procedures were followed during the game Thursday night.
San Francisco 49ers
TE Kittle, RB Breida out for preseason
SANTA CLARA, Calif.
San Francisco 49ers tight end George Kittle and backup running back Matt Breida both separated their shoulders in the exhibition opener and will miss the rest of the preseason.
Coach Kyle Shanahan said Friday that he expects both players to be ready to return in time for the season opener Sept. 9 at Minnesota.
The Niners lost six players in all to injuries in a 24-21 win over Dallas on Thursday night. Linebacker Malcolm Smith hurt his hamstring and is listed as week to week. Defensive lineman Solomon Thomas and tackle Garry Gilliam are both in the concussion protocol and linebacker Eli Harold is day to day with a bruised knee.
RB Derrius Guice tore ACL, out for season
Washington Redskins rookie running back Derrius Guice is out for the season after tearing the ACL in his left knee.
Guice was injured in Washington’s preseason opener at New England on Thursday night. The team announced the prognosis Friday following an MRI, saying Guice should make a full recovery and be ready to play in 2019.
Guice was expected to be the Redskins’ starter after they selected him 59th overall in the draft. The LSU product was considered a first-round prospect and went late in the second.
The team says tight end Manasseh Garner, a long shot to make the roster, is out for the season with an ACL injury.
McCoy’s ex-girlfriend: injuries are healing
The woman whose face was bloodied in a home invasion at a home owned by Buffalo Bills running back LeSean McCoy says her injuries are healing, though she is still having emotional difficulty dealing with what happened a month ago.
Delicia Cordon wrote, “mentally, is still a battle,” in posting a message on her Instagram account on Friday.
Cordon is McCoy’s ex-girlfriend, and wrote she will continue to fight for justice to be served, and added: “NO ONE deserves what my cousin and I endured.”
Cordon was injured after being attacked by a man who entered the home in suburban Atlanta in the early hours of July 10. Her lawyer said Cordon sustained bruises and was struck in the face multiple times by a gun when the man attempted to take bracelets off her wrist.
Police in Milton, Georgia, have no update on their investigation.
McCoy has denied involvement in the home invasion, and says he had no direct contact with any of the people involved in months before the home invasion.
Court records show McCoy began eviction proceedings against Cordon on July 3, 2017.
Cordon has since moved out of the home, though an eviction hearing is still scheduled for Tuesday.
Her attorney, Tanya Mitchell Graham, did not reply to a phone and email message seeking comment.
Rookie WR Cain out for year with torn ACL
Indianapolis Colts rookie Deon Cain will miss the rest of the season after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his knee during Thursday’s preseason game at Seattle.
Coach Frank Reich provided the update during a conference call with reporters.
Cain was a sixth-round pick in this year’s draft.
Running backs Marlon Mack and Robert Turbin also were injured. Mack left in the first quarter with a hamstring injury. Turbin hurt his ankle later. Both are listed week to week.