NFL to allow previously banned players to attend Combine

AP

In the NFL, Fridays are for settling.

According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, the league has sent a memo to all 32 teams saying that three players who were previously banned from attending the NFL Scouting Combine to show up after all.

Louisiana Tech defensive end Jaylon Ferguson, Mississippi State defensive tackle Jeffery Simmons, and Colorado State wide receiver Preston Williams will be permitted to travel to Indianapolis to undergo their medical evaluations. Apparently they won’t be allowed to participate in any other events beyond the medicals — which is another half-step for the league.

The three were previously banned for their involvement in violent crimes, but keeping them away also keeps teams from getting to the bottom of their individual situations in individual interviews.

The league has gone back and forth on this issue in recent years, and teams are reasonably upset that they can’t evaluate certain prospects because the NFL fears a PR hit. But the point of having the Combine is to allow teams to evaluate a large group of people efficiently, and now they can again.

9 responses to “NFL to allow previously banned players to attend Combine

  1. I think that the NFL should go the other way. Any player with an arrest in the past 24 months should have their interview time with teams doubled.

  2. It’s no surprise that a number of owners wanted to poach Adam Silver from the NBA. The NFL creates their own P.R. problems with ham-handed decisions, and constantly has to backtrack to clean up their mess. The NBA has its share of issues, but none are as ridiculous as what the NFL seems to traffic in.

  3. For once, a sensible decision. Let the interested teams evaluate the players and make their own minds up.

  4. The NFL is a private organization and the Combine is their event. They can invite anyone they want. Doesn’t affect any of us or the enjoyment of football on Sundays.

    But I guess some people just like to evoke their fake “outrage”…

  5. The NFL has no clue on what they want or what to do. Goodell gets tens of millions per year for this kind of non-leadership?

  6. If half of us received a check for $100 million in the mail, we’d start complaining before we realized it. It’s just the way some of us are wired. Are a lot of you guys single? Geez!

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