John Harbaugh denies tipping off Colts about deflated footballs

Game Womens Steve Smith Sr Jersey John Harbaugh was a guest commentator on NBC’s Super Bowl pregame coverage on Sunday and used the opportunity to deny recent reports that the Ravens tipped off the Colts to the under-inflated footballs that launched the DeflateGate scandal. When asked by Bob Costas whether Baltimore contacted Indianapolis about the Patriots’ using deflated balls prior to the AFC Championship, Harbaugh called the rumor “ridiculous,” according to WEEI.

Jay Glazer of Fox Sports reported two weeks ago that the Ravens, who lost to the Patriots in the Divisional round, reached out to the Colts to warn them during the week of the conference title game. Glazer claimed that “the NFL was already planning to inspect the balls at halftime, despite D’Qwell Jackson’s interception originally being reported as the cause.”

Adam Schefter of ESPN reported that the Colts already had concerns with the Patriots using under-inflated footballs after their regular-season matchup in November.

The Patriots also listed defensive end Akeem Ayers (knee), linebacker Dont’a Hightower (shoulder), quarterback Tom Brady (ankle), defensive tackle Chris Jones (elbow) and defensive tackle Sealver Siliga (foot) as probable heading into their showdown with the Seattle Seahawks Sunday.

Brady was a full participant in practice all week, despite suffering through a cold the past few days. By Sunday morning, Brady had completely recovered from the cold, according to Albert Breer of NFL Network.

The other four players in that “probable” group were each limited on the practice field as the Patriots went through their final preparations, but are expected to be ready on game day. Darrelle Revis was also limited at Friday’s practice, citing non-injury/rest reasons.
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The Patriots now have no players that have been ruled out for the game, and none that are listed as questionable or doubtful.

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