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Probe: Pats personnel probably deflated balls

The NFL has found that it is probable that New England Patriots employees deliberately deflated balls during the AFC Championship Game in January.

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Bills coach Rex Ryan said that he's going to let his players say what's on their minds in light of LeSean McCoy telling ESPN The Magazine that "there's a reason [Chip Kelly] got rid of all the black players" in Philadelphia. "I'm not going to put a muzzle on any of our players," Ryan said.

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NFL considering Wells Report discipline

Insider Adam Schefter told SportsCenter that discipline is coming for the Patriots. "There are 31 other teams that believed the Patriots gained an advantage."


Patriots scandal timeline

It was 108 days ago that the Patriots crushed the Colts 45-7 in the AFC Championship game.

Robert Kraft statement

"As compelling a case as the Wells Report may try to make, I am going to rely on the factual evidence of numerous scientists and engineers rather than inferences from circumstantial evidence."

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Kraft 'disappointed' with Wells report

Said Patriots owner Robert Kraft, in response to the Wells' report finding: "To say we are disappointed in its findings, which do not include any incontrovertible or hard evidence of deliberate deflation of footballs at the AFC Championship Game, would be a gross understatement." Full statement

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Cards claim ex-Pat CB off waivers

The Cardinals have claimed CB Alfonzo Dennard off of waivers, a league source tells ESPN's Field Yates. Dennard was waived by the Patriots on Tuesday.

A chance Tom Brady speaks on Thursday

The Pats QB is scheduled to speak at a sold-out event at 7:30 p.m. ET at Salem State University in Salem, Mass.

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Deflategate won't affect Brady's legacy

Said ESPN NFL Front Office Insider Bill Polian: "I don't think ["Deflategate"] changes anything about the quality of his play, and the kind of quarterback he's been. He's been one of the two, three greatest of all-time. There's no argument about that."


Cowboys' plans at running back

After losing DeMarco Murray in free agency and not selecting a RB in the draft, Adam Caplan says Dallas' plans now involve Joseph Randle.


Tom Brady Sr.: This is 'Framegate'

Said the Patriots QB's dad to USA Today Sports after the Wells report's release: "I don't have any doubt about my son's integrity -- not one bit. ... The reality is if you can't prove he did it, then he's innocent, and lay off him. That's the bottom line." More on Wells report

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Wells report: Belichick, Kraft clear

The Wells report found no wrongdoing "or knowledge of wrongdoing" by Patriots ownership, head coach Bill Belichick or any other Patriots coach in the matters investigated.

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“I know there’s no way possible two equipment managers made an adjustment to something without the QB knowing“ - Jeff Saturday on NFL Live

Saturday disappointed in Brady

ESPN's Jeff Saturday wishes there had been more accountability -- especially on Tom Brady's part -- in the Patriots' handling of 'Deflategate.'


Schefter: Brady likely to be disciplined

"It looks like there could and will be discipline handed down" to Patriots QB Tom Brady, ESPN Insider Adam Schefter reported on NFL Live. "This will [happen in] days, not weeks." Live coverage on ESPN

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Wells Report on Brady's cooperation

"Although Tom Brady appeared for a requested interview and answered questions voluntarily, he declined to make available any documents or electronic information (including text messages and emails) that we requested, even though those requests were limited to the subject matter of our investigation." Live coverage continues on ESPN/WatchESPN

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Penalties for Patriots?

Insider Adam Schefter told SportsCenter that discipline for "Deflategate" is coming for the Patriots. New England has been punished in the past for their role in 2007's "Spygate."

Wells report: Brady learned psi range in Oct.

Following a win vs. the Jets on Oct. 16, Tom Brady "asked to see a copy of the applicable Playing Rule, learned for the first time that the permissible inflation range was 12.5 to 13.5 psi ... He felt a football that was inflated to 12.5 psi, and decided that should be the target for all future games because he did 'not ever want to get near the upper range again.'" Details

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More Polian: NFL will need to take permanent pregame custody of all game balls, as it does already with K-balls. “Rather simple fix."

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“This is a serious competitive violation that has to be treated as such by the league.” — Bill Polian on Wells Report, via NFL Insiders.