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NFL Investigating Claim of Deflated Balls During Patriots-Colts Game

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Hours after the Patriots rolled over the Colts in the AFC championship, columnist Bob Kravitz of the Indianapolis Star tweeted that a league source told him that “the NFL is investigating the possibility the Patriots deflated footballs” during Sunday’s game, Mark Daniels of the Providence Journal reports.

Deflated balls could be easier to grip, throw, catch and hold.

According to Kravitz, the officials took a ball out of play during the game to weigh it. He wrote that if the league determines that the Patriots were involved in intentionally deflating balls, they could lose a draft pick.

Early Monday morning, NFL spokesman Michael Signora confirmed to Newsday’s Bob Glauber that the league is investigating the issue.

No one with the Colts has commented on the issue, and Kravitz pointed out that ”nobody is suggesting this is why the Colts lost [on Sunday]. … They were manhandled.”

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady was asked about the allegations Monday morning during his regularly scheduled appearance on WEEI’s Dennis and Callahan show. He didn’t seem to be taking them too seriously.

Laughing, Brady responded that “I think I’ve heard it all at this point. That’s ridiculous.”

Luck vs Manning – A QB Battle for the Ages Sunday in Denver

It seems to be the only matchup that anyone is talking about when it comes to Sunday’s AFC Divisional Playoff game between the Colts and Denver Broncos.

Andrew Luck vs Peyton Manning.

All eyes seem to be on the two franchise QB’s, two players that represent the future and the present of the NFL. Luck wants to be mentioned in the same breath with Manning, who was the Colts franchise QB for years until the team drafted Luck three seasons ago.

The Colts QB says that hearing about the battle between he and Manning is nothing new, and he’s ready for it to be the storyline leading up to Sunday afternoon.

“Part of the job, I guess,” Luck said. “Honestly, (ordinary) people don’t ask me too much about it; it’s you guys on the media days. And I would, too.

“I think (we’re) fans who love storylines, right, and it seems to be the nature, the sports culture today. So be it.”

It was Manning who for years was the face of the franchise, and once he left the team and wound up with the high-powered Broncos, that title went to Luck, who has lived up to the hype.

Now the two go head-to-head on one of the NFL’s biggest stages, a game that will land one just one game shy of the Super Bowl.

Manning for one never thought he would have to beat his old team in the postseason.

“Certainly not while I was playing for the Colts,” he said. “That would be a hard thing to do, don’t you think?”

The Colts remain an underdog in Denver on Sunday, and according to The Standard, the horseshoe is 15/2 to win the AFC, and 18/1 to win the Super Bowl in four weeks.

It’s a tall task, but if the Colts can pull off the upset in Denver Sunday, those odds will surly go down as the team gets set for the AFC Title Game.

Bengals vs Colts Friday Injury Report

CINCINNATI BENGALS
Status Report
OUT WR Dane Sanzenbacher (concussion), WR James Wright (knee)
DOUBTFUL WR A.J. Green (concussion)
QUESTIONABLE TE Jermaine Gresham (back), RB Cedric Peerman (concussion, shoulder)
Practice Report
OUT (DEFINITELY WILL NOT PLAY)
Wednesday WR Dane Sanzenbacher (concussion)
Thursday WR Dane Sanzenbacher (concussion)
Friday WR Dane Sanzenbacher (concussion)
DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE
Wednesday WR A.J. Green (concussion), TE Jermaine Gresham (back), CB Leon Hall (not injury related), RB Cedric Peerman (concussion), WR James Wright (knee)
Thursday TE Jermaine Gresham (back), T Andrew Whitworth (not injury related), WR James Wright (knee)
Friday WR A.J. Green (concussion), WR James Wright (knee)
LIMITED PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
Thursday WR A.J. Green (concussion), RB Cedric Peerman (concussion)
Friday TE Jermaine Gresham (back), RB Cedric Peerman (concussion, shoulder)
INDIANAPOLIS COLTS
Status Report
OUT G Hugh Thornton (shoulder)
DOUBTFUL C A.Q. Shipley (ankle)
QUESTIONABLE RB Trent Richardson (illness)
PROBABLE TE Dwayne Allen (knee), WR Joshua Cribbs (not injury related), LB Jerrell Freeman (hamstring), G Joe Reitz (ankle), LB Erik Walden (knee), WR Reggie Wayne (groin), LB Bjoern Werner (shoulder)
Practice Report
DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE
Wednesday WR Joshua Cribbs (not injury related), C A.Q. Shipley (ankle), G Hugh Thornton (shoulder)
Thursday C A.Q. Shipley (ankle), G Hugh Thornton (shoulder)
Friday RB Trent Richardson (illness), C A.Q. Shipley (ankle), G Hugh Thornton (shoulder), WR Reggie Wayne (groin)
LIMITED PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
Wednesday T Gosder Cherilus (groin), LB Erik Walden (knee), WR Reggie Wayne (groin), LB Bjoern Werner (shoulder)
FULL PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
Wednesday TE Dwayne Allen (knee), LB Jerrell Freeman (hamstring), G Joe Reitz (ankle)
Thursday TE Dwayne Allen (knee), WR Joshua Cribbs (not injury related), LB Jerrell Freeman (hamstring), G Joe Reitz (ankle), LB Erik Walden (knee), WR Reggie Wayne (groin), LB Bjoern Werner (shoulder)
Friday TE Dwayne Allen (knee), WR Joshua Cribbs (not injury related), LB Jerrell Freeman (hamstring), G Joe Reitz (ankle), LB Erik Walden (knee), LB Bjoern Werner (shoulder)

Bengals vs Colts Wednesday Wild Card Injury Report

CINCINNATI BENGALS
Practice Report
OUT (DEFINITELY WILL NOT PLAY)
Wednesday WR Dane Sanzenbacher (concussion)
DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE
Wednesday WR A.J. Green (concussion), TE Jermaine Gresham (back), CB Leon Hall (not injury related), RB Cedric Peerman (concussion), WR James Wright (knee)
INDIANAPOLIS COLTS
Practice Report
DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE
Wednesday WR Joshua Cribbs (not injury related), C A.Q. Shipley (ankle), G Hugh Thornton (shoulder)
LIMITED PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
Wednesday T Gosder Cherilus (groin), LB Erik Walden (knee), WR Reggie Wayne (groin), LB Bjoern Werner (shoulder)
FULL PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
Wednesday TE Dwayne Allen (knee), LB Jerrell Freeman (hamstring), G Joe Reitz (ankle)

Colts at Cowboys Wednesday Injury Report

INDIANAPOLIS COLTS
Practice Report
DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE
Wednesday T Gosder Cherilus (groin), WR Joshua Cribbs (not injury related), CB Vontae Davis (groin), WR T.Y. Hilton (hamstring), LB D’Qwell Jackson (not injury related), G Joe Reitz (ankle), G Hugh Thornton (knee), LB Erik Walden (knee)
DALLAS COWBOYS
Practice Report
DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE
Wednesday T Doug Free (ankle), G Zack Martin (ankle), LB Rolando McClain (knee), RB DeMarco Murray (hand), DT Josh Price-Brent (calf, not injury related), QB Tony Romo (back), LB Dekoda Watson (hamstring)
FULL PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
Wednesday S Jeff Heath (thumb), CB Tyler Patmon (knee, ankle), DE George Selvie (thumb)

Colts Clinch The AFC South with 17-10 Win Over Texans

The Colts are heading back to the postseason, as Sunday they won a hard fought game against the Texans, 17-10, to win the AFC North.

Andrew Luck threw two touchdown passes, Adam Vinatieri made a late field goal and Colts defense shut down the Texans offense to clinch the win and the South.

Linebacker D’Qwell Jackson and return specialist Josh Cribbs, longtime Browns, couldn’t believe they were finally heading into the postseason for the first time. Jackson was so excited he started toward the showers still wearing his championship hat.

Luck, meanwhile, reminded everyone the playoffs can’t be taken for granted — even though he’s never missed out in his three NFL seasons.

Nobody understands this situation better than Wayne, who has reached the playoffs in 12 of his 14 NFL seasons. Three years ago, many thought his days in Indy numbered after the Colts went 2-14. But Wayne gave Indy a hometown discount and has spent the last three years chasing a second Super Bowl ring and Peyton Manning’s records.

With 209 career games and 142 career wins, Wayne now holds both records, something that was not lost on teammates or coaches, who sent Wayne back into the game for the final snap.

“We gave out one game ball and that was to Reggie,” coach Chuck Pagano said. “Really glad that things worked out, especially for that player. He embodies what we talk about, represents everything that Mr. (Jim) Irsay talks about.”

Wayne couldn’t have done it without some help and he had plenty Sunday.

Luck was 18 of 34 for 187 yards, throwing for two second-quarter touchdowns that turned a 7-0 deficit into a 14-7 halftime lead. Daniel “Boom” Herron ran 11 times for 60 yards including five straight times on the game sealing drive that consumed 5 minutes, 3 seconds. Vinatieri finished it with a 29-yard field goal with 2:11 to go.

The defense dominated the short-handed Texans (7-7), too.

After deactivating receiver Andre Johnson and tight end Garrett Graham before the game, Houston lost starting quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick early in the second quarter with a left leg injury. Fitzpatrick was carted off the field with an air cast covering the leg.

Coach Bill O’Brien would not confirm reports that Fitzpatrick’s leg was broken.

“I felt for him because he knew right away that it was injured,” O’Brien said.

Without Fitzpatrick, the Texans turned to rookie Tom Savage. He completed his first NFL pass for a first down, then struggled. Savage finished 10 of 19 for 127 yards with two fumbles and two turnovers.

Arian Foster ran 26 times for 99 yards, but the Texans managed only 289 total yards and had their best play of the game — a 25-yard TD run from Foster on fourth-and-1 — nullified by a holding call. Houston wound up settling for a 53-yard field goal to make it 14-10 early in the fourth quarter, its only offensive points of the day. Kendrick Lewis returned an interception 27 yards for touchdown to give the Texans a 7-0 lead.

Luck tied it with a 26-yard TD pass to Hakeem Nicks early in the second quarter.

Then when it looked as if the Colts would blow another scoring chance following Wayne’s second-quarter fumble, Savage gave it right back on a botched handoff. Three plays later, Luck hooked up with Dwayne Allen on a 3-yard TD pass to take a 14-7 lead.

The Colts never trailed again.

“Right now I’m so locked into what we’ve got going on here as a team and as a brotherhood,” Wayne said. “We’ve got something really special, so hopefully we can continue on the success and stay hot.”