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Barkley sends letters to team regarding decision not to throw

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It’s official.

Per a source with knowledge of the situation, USC quarterback Matt Barkley has informed all NFL General Managers, trainers, and directors of college scouting in writing that he will not be throwing at the Scouting Combine in Indianapolis.

The letter explains that it’s a medical decision, based on the Grade 3 shoulder separation Barkley suffered during the 2012 college football season.

The situation has created some confusion because Barkley strongly suggested last week that he would throw at the Scouting Combine.  Over the weekend, doctors advised him to wait until his March 27 Pro Day workout to throw for scouts.

As a practical matter, it puts all of Barkley’s eggs in his Pro Day basket.

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23 Responses to “Barkley sends letters to team regarding decision not to throw”
  1. kvanhorn87 says: Feb 18, 2013 4:58 PM

    Honesty is worth something, right? Why didn’t he just release a statement saying he is more comfortable being judged while working with receivers he is familiar with instead of random bodies. This guy has made bad decisions for more than a year now. Seems like the next Leinart.

  2. stoutfiles says: Feb 18, 2013 4:59 PM

    Barkley send letters! “Me no throw!” say Barkley. Teams sad.

  3. 52lightsxout52 says: Feb 18, 2013 5:01 PM

    Lets get hypothetical for a second: Any bets on where this ship would be sailing if USC was scheduled to play a National Championship Game this weekend???

  4. jbaxt says: Feb 18, 2013 5:02 PM

    As a non college player, I too will not be throwing. This is like that SOB that shows up at you 12 year old birthday and doesn’t bring a present. If you’re not going to do, what you will soon be paid to do, don’t even bother showing up.

  5. Cereal says: Feb 18, 2013 5:09 PM

    Isnt that cute, sounds like something a high school kid’s Dad would make him do….given his situation this will hurt his stock no matter how he spins it

  6. peytonsneck18 says: Feb 18, 2013 5:14 PM

    Usc QB are risky picks, the Chiefs have a huge selections of qb at #1 even tho those players dont deserve being picked #1, mediocre draft for franchise QB

  7. linvillegorge says: Feb 18, 2013 5:17 PM

    Convenient. A guy whose arm strength is a major question mark doesn’t want to throw. Jimmy Clausen version 2.0.

  8. tommyribs says: Feb 18, 2013 5:19 PM

    If he is there in Round 2, the Chiefs will take him, assuming they grab Joeckel or Janoris Jenkins #1.

  9. dirtybird28 says: Feb 18, 2013 5:22 PM

    Now we can spend a month talking about a fake shoulder injury

  10. lowtalker says: Feb 18, 2013 5:30 PM

    I can hardly wait to see if Brees is going to demand an explanation.

  11. seanje says: Feb 18, 2013 5:32 PM

    This is the new thing. Prospects sending letters to teams.

  12. redpillmindstate says: Feb 18, 2013 5:36 PM

    Who cares? ….. anything is possible like a USC QB living up to the hype….. But with their track record and his pee shooter arm I doubt that anyone is looking at Barkley as a potential franchise QB so in the end he is probably doing himself a favor by giving an at best mediocre arm time to heal..he’s a third rounder but allowing for a good pro day he may be called in the second round and that’s a reach within itself..I’m thinking a Danny Wurefuel type of career in the NFL ….Good guy with marginal NFL talent…

  13. jprcox says: Feb 18, 2013 5:55 PM

    See I dont think Barkely has positive hype – he may have had it last year, but not this year. For that reason I like his chances if he gets out there with something to prove.

    It may be more about situation – as Rodgers didn’t have a lot of hype but ended up in the right situation where he could flurish.

  14. dbones750 says: Feb 18, 2013 6:17 PM

    Classic USC QB move, classic USC QB. When all is said and done – Palmer > Leinart > Barkley > Sanchez. 0 rings, they all blow.

  15. mj1818 says: Feb 18, 2013 9:02 PM

    I bet he will be a raider, jet, or brown. Just betting though.

  16. nomoreseasontix says: Feb 18, 2013 9:12 PM

    He’s not gonna go high in the draft anyway.
    The only reason he would go in the first five rounds is due to the crummy selection of QB talent this year.

  17. 4evrnyt says: Feb 18, 2013 9:27 PM

    Wont hurt or help him. Only chance of him going in the first round is if someone trades back into the end to grab him.

  18. dawglb says: Feb 18, 2013 9:34 PM

    Drew Brees wants an explanation of why Flacco wants USC QB money.

  19. joeyd524 says: Feb 18, 2013 10:00 PM

    How dare you forget marinovich, rob johnson..

  20. bills4 says: Feb 18, 2013 10:28 PM

    USC – um snotgonna chrow

  21. stoutfiles says: Feb 18, 2013 11:16 PM

    Can you let us unreport comments? On a mobile phone it’s very easy to accidentally click it.

  22. luccabrazzi says: Feb 18, 2013 11:18 PM

    Doesn’t really matter why he wont throw, he doesn’t have the talent to be a starting QB in the NFL. He’s a smart kid but he certainly doesn’t have the “it” that NFL teams are looking for. I want to let everyone know before they attack me for my opinion, that this is just my opinion and i definitely wish him the best with his NFL career. I want all players to make it at the NFL level, its what makes the NFL the greatest sport in the world. I just think he’s been over hyped and lacks the skill to get it done at the next level.

  23. goldenperspective says: Feb 19, 2013 12:20 AM

    Im so glad my team finally has a qb. I’m exhausted from worrying every time a guy like Barkley, Sanchez, or Clausen come around. Could you imagine 15 years of one of these guys at the helm of your favorite team? Manti Teo is in the same category now too.

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