NFL Scouting Combine informs draft prospects of bubble environment

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The NFL will return to an in-person Scouting Combine this year, but it remains to be seen how many players will show up and how many will actually participate.

The NFL Scouting Combine informed draft prospects Saturday that it will restrict combine participants to “secured Combine venues during their entire time in Indianapolis for their protection.”

Further, the memo threatens to disqualify and send home any prospect who violates the policy.

The announcement of the bubble environment comes 10 days before the start of the week-long combine. It has left agents “unhappy with the unilateral work conditions imposed,” and many now are “mobilizing,” according to a source.

The strict rules, which include fewer days, reduced testing, customized meals and single-room accommodations, are intended to “improve the overall player experience and protect the players from a health and safety standpoint,” according to the memo.

Players are allowed access to one medical support person (e.g. a trainer) during the combine. The individual is required to be fully vaccinated and boosted against COVID-19, be symptom-free and wear a face covering while working with a prospect.

Face coverings are recommended, but not required, for prospects and others attending the combine.

The NFL Scouting Combine invited 324 prospects to Indianapolis.

8 responses to “NFL Scouting Combine informs draft prospects of bubble environment

  1. Its the NFL’s combine, by invitation apparently. Prospects don’t necessarily have a right to be there, it’s a privilege to be invited. One day, in the not too distant future I hope, people will figure out the subtle difference.

  2. i have an opinion about this… but it’s not my combine, nor will i be attending…
    so I’ll just keep my opinion to myself.
    stay safe everyone.

  3. How ridiculous. Covid is OVER! Time for everyone to let go of the control and move on with their lives.

  4. These players have come this far and worked so hard; this will be the easiest hurdle they ever encountered.

  5. I’ve for the most part been on the right winged side of everything regarding covid simply bc it’s usually been made of more common sense. However in this case, I don’t see why it should be a big deal if the NFL wants to clamp down for a week for a short isolated event out of an abundance of caution with a relatively low group of people all converging from different areas at the end or near end of the whole thing.

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