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NFL backtracks, says it’s evaluating PSI data

Dean Blandino, NFL vice president of officiating, spoke during a news conference in March. File/John Raoux/Associated Press/file 2014

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell caused another uproar in New England on Tuesday when he told the NFL Network that PSI measurements were taken this season as “spot checks” and “it wasn’t a research study” that could ultimately prove or disprove whether the Patriots illegally deflated their footballs in last year’s AFC Championship game.

Wednesday at the Super Bowl, NFL head of officials Dean Blandino struck a slightly different tone when asked about the PSI data collecting by SiriusXM NFL. Ball measurements were recorded and reported back to the NFL offices at random games this season.

“We did spot checks throughout the year, and we measured PSI levels and recorded that information,” Blandino said. “So right now we’re evaluating the information. We didn’t have any violations this year, but again we’re still in that evaluation phase to look at the information and then we’ll see what that tells us.”