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Matt Cassel largely mum on Patriots' penalties, Tom Brady's suspension

Buffalo Bills quarterback Matt Cassel stayed far, far away from any questions dealing with the penalties doled out to the New England Patriots and and Tom Brady for their role in the "Deflategate" controversy.

"I'm really not going to get into that," said Cassel, who spent the first four seasons of his NFL career with New England. "Obviously that was a league decision and it's something that -- the league came down with a ruling -- and we're going to go out there and play against whoever's going to be out there on the field, but in terms of the actual penalty intself, like I said, you're going to have to ask the league about that."

Cassel said he hasn't spoken with Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, who as of now will miss the teams' Week Two game in Ralph Wilson Stadium because of a four-game suspension, pending the results of an appeal.

Cassel was asked Wednesday how much Brady was involved in the preparation of game balls.

"I think it's the same everywhere, we all have a say in what we want," he said. "What balls we want and all that stuff, and that's about the extent that I'll go into that."

Cassel also addressed the blowback he faced on social media after hanging with some of the Patriots at the Kentucky Derby, including Brady, tight end Rob Gronkowski and wide receiver Julian Edelman.

"I don't have a Twitter or Facebook or anything like that, so I don't know," he said. "The fact of the matter is I've been going to the Kentucky Derby for the last 10 years with those guys and they're going to be my friends off the field. It doesn't mean that I don't want to beat them just as much as every other Buffalo Bills fan out there, so I wouldn't look much into the competitiveness. That's going to come out on the field, but at the same time they're still going to be my friends off the field."

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