Goodell: Pats could be penalized even if no competitive edge

FILE - In this May 22, 2012, file photo, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell pauses during a new conference in Atlanta. A law enforcement official says he sent a video of Ray Rice punching his then-fiancee to an NFL employee three months ago, while league executives have insisted they didn't see the violent images until they were published this week. (AP Photo/David Goldman, File)

PHOENIX (AP) — Commissioner Roger Goodell says that even if no competitive advantage was gained, the New England Patriots could face increased penalties if the NFL investigation finds they violated rules by deflating footballs in the AFC championship game.

Goodell says at his annual pre-Super Bowl news conference Friday: “We have rules. We’re a league of rules.”

The league appointed lawyer Ted Wells to look into what happened to the Patriots’ footballs during the 45-7 victory over the Colts that sent New England to the Super Bowl.

Patriots owner Robert Kraft has said he expects the investigation to determine his team did nothing wrong — and he expects an apology from the NFL.

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