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NFL investigating if Patriots used deflated balls vs. Colts; May lose draft pick

This comes one week after the Ravens accused the Patriots of using illegal formations and substitution methods.

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Not long after New England defeated Indianapolis in the AFC Championship, the NFL began looking into whether the Patriots used deflated footballs in the game.

The league has since confirmed that it will investigate the matter, putting the Patriots in yet another controversy involving them bending and/or breaking the rules. While deflating balls would not impact the outcome of the AFC Championship, the Patriots could lose draft picks if the investigation finds them guilty.

According to NFL rules, home teams are required to provide 36 balls for outdoor games and make the balls available for testing with a pressure gauge prior to the gameMike Florio of Pro Football Talk also reported that several balls were removed from the game Sunday for being underinflated.

Per a league source, several balls were removed from play for being underinflated. The inflation (or lack thereof) of footballs is checked before each game, and the balls are periodically tested during each game. According to the source, it’s "not unheard of" for a ball to be removed from play for an abnormality noticed during the game.

Tom Brady isn't buying the story, calling it "ridiculous."

"I think I've heard it all at this point," he said with a laugh."That's the last of my worries. I don't even respond to stuff like this."

This comes one week after the Ravens accused the Patriots of using illegal formations and substitution methods.