It was reported Sunday night that brokers representing greater than 150 NFL draft prospects had been organizing a boycott of all testing, on-field exercises and interviews at subsequent week’s NFL Scouting Mix in Indianapolis on account of harsh “bubble” restrictions, so the league responded. On Monday, the Nationwide Invitational Mix launched a memo stating that gamers will not be confined to a “bubble” below menace of disqualification.
The 2022 NFL mix will nonetheless have “safe areas,” however gamers are actually permitted to depart these areas throughout their free time. The mix additionally initially wished individuals to have only one “medical assist particular person” who have to be absolutely vaccinated with them, however gamers can now meet with whomever outdoors of restricted areas. Within the restricted areas, they’ll meet with a coach/therapist/and so forth., however solely one by one, per CBS Sports activities NFL insider Jonathan Jones.
Whereas it is a win for gamers and brokers attending the mix, they did not get all the modifications they wished. Jones wrote earlier this week about modifications to the mix and the way they might result in gamers skipping the bench press. In contrast to earlier years, gamers will do measurements, bench press and on-field exercises all in the identical day.
Here’s a portion of the memo despatched by the NIC on Monday:
“As has been the case all through the pandemic, we proceed to evolve our Mix insurance policies and procedures in session with medical specialists. Whereas masks proceed to be required for air journey and through medical exams on the Mix (gamers and medical personnel), sporting a masks at different instances whereas on web site is really helpful, however not required. We encourage all gamers to stay throughout the safe Mix areas always in your security. Nonetheless, if you want to depart the safe areas throughout free time in your schedule, you are actually permitted to take action at your personal danger. If you happen to desire to stay within the safe areas and have your authorized medical assist personnel (bodily therapist, therapeutic massage therapist or authorized athletic coach) enter the safe space to supply medical remedies, please comply with the beforehand communicated process and full the shape in Teamworks.”
Earlier on Monday, a so-called “well-placed supply” informed ESPN’s Adam Schefter that brokers weren’t threatening a boycott, however had been as an alternative asking mix decision-makers to “unbubble.” It seems their petitioning has succeeded.