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NFL plans regional combines

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The NFL launched eight regional combines that will feed into a Super Regional Combine, all supplementing the current National Scouting Combine in Indianapolis and designed to give prospects and former pros who have been "out of the league for some time" a chance to be evaluated by NFL executives.

The National Scouting Combine is open to roughly 330 prospects each year. Players who aren't invited to that event most often use their on-campus testing day, known as pro days, to work out for pro football evaluators.

"The NFL Regional Combines program provides players ??? who may not have had the chance before -- the opportunity to work out for NFL personnel executives," said NFL Executive Vice President of Football Operations Ray Anderson. "It allows all 32 clubs a chance to further evaluate future prospects."

The NFL will test and measure all qualifying prospects and players with college experience seeking to gauge their pro potential. Results will be entered into a database available to all 32 NFL teams, according to the league.

With the exception of the Jan. 28 event in Los Angeles, the regional workouts will take place at NFL team facilities in Houston (Feb. 4), Baltimore (Feb. 11), New York (Feb. 25), Chicago (March 3), Atlanta (March 10, 11) and Cleveland (March 17).

The NFL Scouting Combine, attended by coaches and scouts from all NFL teams, invites the top prospects to Indianapolis for agility drills, medical testing and interviews at Lucas Oil Stadium and the surrounding complex from Feb. 22-28.

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