Patriots employees John Jastremski and Jim McNally, who were suspended for their alleged role in the Deflategate scandal in last season's AFC Championship Game, were reinstated Wednesday by the NFL.

"The Patriots have satisfied the league's requirements for reinstatement and the league has granted permission for the employees to return," the NFL said in a statement.

The team suspended Jastremski, the equipment assistant, and McNally, the officials locker room attendant, as part of the investigation into whether the footballs the team provided for the AFC Championship Game were improperly inflated. In one of the more damning texts uncovered in the probe, McNally referred to himself as "the deflator."

ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter reported in May that the Patriots suspended Jastremski and McNally at the request of the NFL. In an interview with ESPN Radio's Mike & Mike last week, however, commissioner Roger Goodell said the league had nothing to do with suspending the pair.

"Absolutely not," Goodell said. "That was a decision by the Patriots."