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Good morning from the NFL scouting combine

Greetings from Indianapolis, where I’m currently bunkered down in the designated media area–which is either sponsored by Under Armour or Sprint. I’m not quite sure.

Scouting combine workouts begin today with offensive linemen, tight ends and specialists. The parade of NFL head coaches and executives to the lectern for Q&A sessions also has begun.

We reporters are set up inside a club-level area in Lucas Oil Stadium. Unfortunately, we are not allowed to watch any of the workouts. Good thing I realized this before I came and didn’t have to pack my stopwatch and Bike coaching shorts.

Coaches and executives from each team will take the podium at some point during the next four days and do their best to satisfy the mob of reporters here. San Francisco 49ers general manager Scot McCloughan was the first, and it looked like this:

Your combine news conference setup

Players are also expected to funnel in here as the day progresses. In fact, they just announced the first player available: Southern Illinois punter Scott Ravanesi!! I had to dodge the stampede of reporters.

I kid, but there are a record 628 media members credentialed for the event, according to the NFL. That’s amazing, considering we are not allowed to watch any athletic competition.

Mike Shanahan is scheduled to speak tomorrow, and I’m hopeful that some of us Redskins reporters can get him for a few minutes away from the rest of the crowd. Then we might be able to get you some solid, concret info on his plan going forward.

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