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NFL rule to keep Solomon Thomas off practice field until camp


It appears the NFL rule keeping rookies off the field until their colleges end their spring final exams will prevent Solomon Thomas from practicing until training camp.

The No. 3 overall pick from Stanford was expected to participate during their mandatory minicamp Wednesday in the 49ers’ final practice before training camp. But Stanford, which is on the quarter system, doesn’t end exams until Wednesday night, according to Eric Branch of the San Francisco Chronicle.

The rule applies whether a player still is in school or not. The NFL says the rule is designed to encourage players not to drop out of college, though many top players don’t attend school during the spring to prepare for the NFL Draft.

Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey, who also attended Stanford, gets to practice with the Panthers on Thursday. The 49ers, though, have only meetings Thursday.

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6 Responses to “NFL rule to keep Solomon Thomas off practice field until camp”
  1. aj66shanghai says: Jun 12, 2017 9:20 PM

    Oh the injustice

  2. omeimontis says: Jun 12, 2017 9:33 PM

    The same applied to another Stanford grad they drafted last year in the first round.

  3. alphadux2u says: Jun 12, 2017 11:27 PM

    Yet another head-scratching NFL rule

  4. ninerboi2 says: Jun 13, 2017 1:34 AM

    Dumbest. Rule. Ever.

  5. bigjdve says: Jun 13, 2017 5:14 AM

    I don’t see the problem with this rule. The players like to claim that their career longevity expectations are really short, then why rush to quit the main thing that will help you after your NFL career?

  6. thewanderer says: Jun 13, 2017 8:36 AM

    Yes, we’ve heard. There’s a new post about Stanford and this rule every other day on PFT. Hot tip, John Ross, Kevin King, Budda Baker, and Sidney Jones are all off the practice field until camp because of the quarters rule. Oregon, Oregon state, and UCLA are some other schools impacted by the rule.

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