New England Patriots employees John Jastremski and Jim McNally, who were suspended for their alleged role in the Deflategate scandal in last season’s AFC Championship Game, were reinstated Wednesday by the NFL.
The NFL released a brief statement concerning the matter.
“The Patriots have satisfied the league’s requirements for reinstatement and the league has granted permission for the employees to return,” the NFL said in the statement.
In May it was reported that the Patriots suspended Jastremski and McNally at the request of the NFL. However, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell disputed that report just last week.
“Absolutely not,” Goodell said. “That was a decision by the Patriots.”
The Patriots were fined $1 million and docked two draft picks as punishment. Quarterback Tom Brady had his four-game suspension vacated by a federal judge. The team has denied any wrongdoing.
The Patriots travel to Buffalo this week to take on the Bills. New England Patriots opened as 1.5-point favorites; the total was 46 early in the week. This game is close on the odds for a reason and seems eerily similar to the last time the Patriots lost to Buffalo.
The Bills are a talented team defensively who can get to Brady and force him into mistakes.