In a memo to draft prospects Monday night, the NFL Combine announced it is loosening COVID-19 restrictions following the threat of a player boycott earlier this week.
Some agents were considering having their clients boycott the annual event, as the combine’s COVID-19 “bubble” would have prevented prospects from having access to their support staff and family during the week of testing.
Prospects will now be permitted to leave the secure combine area if they so choose with mask wearing recommended, but not required throughout the week.
“As has been the case throughout the pandemic, we continue to evolve our combine policies and procedures in consultation with medical experts,” the memo said. “While masks continue to be required for air travel and during medical exams at the combine (players and medical personnel), wearing a mask at other times while on site is recommended, but not required.”
This year’s scouting combine will be held from March 1-7 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.