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Originally written on NESN.com  |  Last updated 11/18/14

Hundreds of players are set to undergo intense physical assessments at the NFL combine this weekend, which could ultimately make or break their draft stock. So it is key for everything to  be in working order. Too bad the same wasn’t true for the machines used to evaluate those players on Thursday. The first group of players, including special teamers, offensive linemen and tight ends arrived in Indianapolis, Ind, on time and without a hitch on Thursday morning, but an unexpected hitch — no, not a route — in the equipment held some of the prospects up for nearly three hours. An X-ray machine at the combine stopped working and was unavailable for close to 2 1/2 hours on Thursday morning, according to Gil Brandt of the NFL Network. No no-shows today at #nflcombine, but x-ray machine went on the fritz for 2.5 hours. 20 players had nothing to do but wait.— Gil Brandt (@Gil_Brandt) February 21, 2013 The unfortunate issue kept a group of 20 players sitting around with nothing better to do than twiddle their thumbs while the machine was fixed. The combine’s first day usually includes a brief orientation, team interviews and preliminary medical exams, specifically X-rays. Players typically undergo more intensive medical evaluations as the week goes on. But with more than 300 players set to attend and be evaluated in Indy, NFL officials better hope their medical machines hold up. Have a question for Luke Hughes? Send it to him via Twitter at @LukeFHughes or send it here.

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3 Comments:
  • X-Rays are radiation like in atomic bombs. No one should have an X-ray unless NEEDED and there is no need here. The only reason there would be a need is to check on a healed broken bone, that's it. Irradiating healthy people is irresponsible and risks future health problems.

    Stupid schmucks.
  • In a sport like football, there are stress fractures, etc that some players are not even aware of. If Im ready to spend millions on a player, I want to see. More than one "healthy" person has failed these things or second guessed after these xrays.
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