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Roger Goodell: If NFL Acted Improperly During 'DeflateGate,' It Will Be In Wells' Report

BOSTON (CBS) -- NFL commissioner Roger Goodell spoke to the assembled media in Phoenix on Wednesday at the conclusion of the league's annual meetings, and though the range of topics asked of him varied, he was asked about the ongoing investigation into "DeflateGate."

Much like he told Peter King last week, the commissioner said he is not aware of where Ted Wells is in the investigation process.

"We have not put a time frame on Ted Wells," Goodell said Wednesday. "We've asked him to be thorough, complete. And when he's finished with that he'll give that to us and to the public in general."

Goodell was asked in a follow-up question whether he has any regrets with how the league handled the situation back in January, when news of the investigation leaked immediately and subsequently dominated the national conversation about the NFL in the two weeks leading up to the Super Bowl.

"I think I made it very clear at the Super Bowl that we were not making any judgments, that we were obligated as part of our role to understand the facts," Goodell said.

With regard to potentially damaging the legacies of Bill Belichick and Tom Brady without any evidence of wrongdoing being found at the time, Goodell noted that any time a rule might have been broken, "We take it very seriously, and that's our obligation. It's our obligation to the other 31 clubs."

Goodell left open the possibility that some NFL employees may have acted improperly throughout the "DeflateGate" saga.

"Ted Wells will be going through the report. If there is anything that we as a league did incorrectly, we will know about it in that report," Goodell said.

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