While Deflategate took over the majority of media coverage leading up to the Super Bowl, with the revelation that the balls may not have been as under-inflated as originally thought, the scandals that have been on the front page since involve Cleveland Browns general manager Ray Farmer allegedly texting coaching during games, and employees of the Atlanta Falcons possibly pumping the volume on stadium noise during opposing teams’ huddles.

Cleveland.com originally reported last month that text messages from a high-level front-office member were sent and that it was one issue in former offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan leaving the team. He perceived it as interference from the front office regarding coaching decisions. That same website claimed Farmer sent the texts, citing multiple sources. The NFL’s investigation is expected to be concluded by the end of the month, with Farmer facing a possible suspension while the Browns could lose an early draft pick and face a steep fine.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter was the first to report that Atlanta has been accused of piping noise into the other team’s huddles when the were attempting to call plays. On Tuesday Falcons owner Arthur Blank admitted that these allegations are true, claiming them to be “embarrassing but beyond embarrassing it doesn’t represent our culture and what we’re about.” The Falcons also face a loss of draft pick and a fine for these actions.

Along with Deflategate and possible tampering charges against the Jets in their possible pursuit of Darrelle Revis, these are the four open cases on the NFL’s docket. Given how well their investigations go when they only pursue one at a time, the league’s responses to these matters should be interesting to watch.

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