The Buffalo Bills denied Monday they committed any sort of rules violation in regard to the use of their in-stadium "train whistle" during Sunday's game against the New England Patriots at Ralph Wilson Stadium.
A report from Mike Florio on the website profootballtalk.com early Monday suggested the Bills may have used the sound effect at times they weren't supposed to.
Florio quoted an NFL memo that circulated in August reminding teams of the league's in-stadium noise policies.
"The home team is permitted to play audio while the visiting team is on offense and the play clock is running. The audio must cease by the time the play clock reaches 20 seconds, or when the visiting team's offense reaches the line of scrimmage, whichever occurs first. Pursuant to this policy, the visiting team's offense is considered being at the line of scrimmage when the center touches the ball."
The Patriots run a no-huddle offense that sees them get to the line of scrimmage quickly.
"On multiple occasions when the Patriots used the no-huddle offense the Bills were blaring the train horn," Florio wrote.
The Bills issued the following statement to The Buffalo News in response Monday afternoon: “There are many elements of the game that are reviewed by the league and we feel we were within the rules.”
Florin pointed out in his post that there is an NFL rule stating that teams "must submit a recording of the video board feed paired with the PA system audio by the Wednesday following a home game."
That means that #noisegate or #trainhorngate or whatever this would-be controversy might be called could be over quickly.