The lines you put in bold are the crucial ones to me, AJ. It's basically the league saying, "Look, only the balls in the first half were affected, the Colts had a half of fair play and couldn't stop the Pats, so there's no real controversy here." I wouldn't say yet that they're sweeping it under the rug, but let's just say they folded it back and went to the closet to get the broom.
The undertone of the first sentence definitely has that feel to it.
I eagerly await the "results" of the second.
Patriots pregame routine between Bellycheat, McDaniels, Brady, the equipment manager and the ball boy.