It came as a bit of a shock last week when the Pensacola News Journal reported that Matt Barkley would be doing all drills at the NFL Combine. Knowing Barkley missed a good portion of his senior season with a throwing shoulder injury that also kept him from participating in the Senior Bowl in late January the follow up question should’ve been, will you be throwing? Not surprisingly Barkley will not be putting his arm on display in Indianapolis.
According to ProFootballTalk Barkely sent a letter to all 32 teams informing them of his decision to not throw attributing it to a medical decision. Apparently his doctors have advised him to wait until his USC pro day on March 27th.
Per ESPN, which obtained a copy of the statement made by Barkley’s agent, the quarterback will not perform any of the tests during the Combine. Here’s the key part of the statement.
Barkley “will be attending the upcoming scouting combine in Indianapolis, but he will not be throwing or participating in any on-field testing components while there.”
The statement also said Barkley’s shoulder is at 90 percent of the way toward complete recovery.
We’ll have full coverage of the NFL Combine from Indianapolis here on Buffalobills.com beginning on Thursday.
Tags: 2013 NFL draft, Matt Barkley, NFL Combine
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