The NFL has cleared the Patriots of any wrongdoing related to the headset issues the opposing Steelers had in Gillette Stadium during Thursday night’s opener.
“The Patriots had nothing to do with it. The issue was promptly resolved and there were no further problems,” the league said, according to Albert Breer of NFL.com (Twitter link).
A league spokesman added that the problems the Steelers had with their headsets during their 28-21 loss were “entirely attributable to an electrical issue made worse by the inclement weather,” per Breer (via Twitter). The league will next “determine if there are technical steps that can be taken to avoid similar problems,” Breer tweeted.
Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin was frustrated with his team’s headset issues Thursday and made it clear after the game. “That’s always the case,” he said, implying that the Steelers had previously dealt with communication problems in New England. However, the Steelers opted not to file a formal complaint with the league.