The well-versed mantra of "protect the ball" no longer applies to just receivers and running backs.
In the wake of the Deflategate scandal, the
According to the Associated Press, the league is looking to change its guidelines regarding how footballs are handled. New rules involving the preparation, transport and inspection of balls are expected to be introduced next week at the owners' meetings in San Francisco.
The report corresponds with what Dean Blandino, the NFL's vice president of officiating, has been telling players in recent days. According to
Muamba indicated in a tweet that the NFL was experimenting with embedding microchips in footballs. Muamba didn't elaborate on what sort of experiments the league might be conducting, but the NFL could be looking for a technological solution to track footballs or measure air pressure.
The NFL could reveal new protocols regarding the handling of footballs after next week's meetings.