"My major concern is did we follow proper protocol?" said Dean Blandino, the league's vice president of officiating. "Everything was properly tested and marked before the game.... Officiating is not part of the investigation."
Before a typical game, 12 balls per team are brought to the officials' locker room where they are tested to ensure they are properly inflated, then are stamped by the referee. For the Super Bowl, each team gets 54 footballs, and all of them will be taken into custody by the NFL on Friday after the
Carroll said he has spoken with league officials to get a clear understanding of how the players in question will be identified.