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NFL Enforces Policy Change at 2016 Combine, Draft

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    Players convicted for domestic violence, sexual assault or weapons offenses will not be allowed to attend the NFL Scouting Combine and Draft, according to an internal memo obtained by USA Today.

    The memo came from NFL executive vice president of football operations, Troy Vincent. The NFL will enforce the new policy at this year's events.

    All teams received notice Saturday, the day before Super Bowl 50.

    NBC Sports reported that players will be barred from "any league-related event" if a background check turned up a felony or misdemeanor conviction. Players who refuse to submit a background check will also be turned away.

    The new rule does not bar teams from hiring, but it will make it more difficult for players to be seen.

    This year's scouting combine takes place Feb. 23-29 in Indianapolis. The draft is scheduled for April 28-30 in Chicago.

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