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Mike Florio, ProFootballTalk:
In the two days since the Ted Wells report emerged, plenty has been said about the decision of the Patriots not to make Jim McNally available for a follow-up interview and Patriots quarterback Tom Brady not to provide his text messages and emails.

“Stephen Gostkowski declined a similar request for pertinent electronic communications, but, unlike Brady, we did not press our request to him because his communications were not viewed as central to our work,” Wells writes.

There isn't much Stephen Gostkowski could offer to the Ted Wells investigation unless he knew about heated footballs on the sidelines. The Minnesota Vikings and Carolina Panthers may have participated in some deicing in the November 30, 2014 game when the temperature was 12 degrees. "You can't do anything with the footballs in terms of any artificial, whether you're heating them up, whether it's a regular game ball or kicking ball, you can't do anything to the football," NFL VP of officiating Dean Blandino said."

The failure to cooperate with a league investigation automatically constitutes conduct detrimental to the league. The New Orleans Saints, Baltimore Ravens and Miami Dolphins all cooperated when the NFL was holding their feet to the fire. The only employee who refused to cooperate was Miami trainer Kevin O' Neill, and he was fired.

I wonder if the Ted Wells investigation will ask Stephen about Baltimore Ravens' K Billy Cundiff whose 32 yard field goal try sailed wide left in the 2012 AFC Championship game.

:NFL:
"It's a kick I've kicked probably a thousand times out there," Cundiff told reporters after the game. "... I didn't convert, and that's the way things go. There's really no excuse for it. ...

The gaffe was out of character for Cundiff, who was 9 of 9 on field-goal tries inside the 20-yard line and 10 of 12 inside the 30 in the 2011 season. It was the first kick Cundiff missed in the fourth quarter all season.


I hope they don't ask Stephen about it. I was just thinking outside the box.



Paul Murphy is a freelance writer from New Hampshire. .

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