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Former official: Balls would have been inflated at halftime

One of the unanswered questions/assumptions in the developing story about the Patriots’ allegedly under-inflated footballs is whether the referees — who reportedly confirmed the under-inflation at halftime of the AFC title game — re-inflated the footballs before the second half.

Former NFL official Gerry Austin was on the “Mike & Mike” show on ESPN Radio on Wednesday morning and addressed that question.

Mike Greenberg: “If the balls were checked at halftime and were found to be under-inflated would they then be pumped up to meet regulation at that point, meaning that they then would have played the second half with balls that met regulation? more