NFP stands behind report on Mallett’s missed meeting

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The National Football Post stands behind its report earlier today that Arkansas quarterback Ryan Mallett informed the Carolina Panthers he was sick when he was supposed to meet them during a pre-draft visit to Charlotte, N.C., earlier this month after a late night on the town.

Mallett’s agent J.R. Carroll disputed the report in comments made to ESPN’s Adam Schefter. The NFP left a message at Carroll’s office this morning seeking comment hours before the story was published. Carroll did not respond.

“I'm pretty sure Ryan was really, really sick,” Carroll told Schefter. “He told me he was sick the night before. And I know Ryan wasn't out late (that) night. I know that for sure. He's not an idiot.”

Mallett had dinner with team officials April 8 and was scheduled to meet them again the next day at Bank of America Stadium. That did not happen and he left town that afternoon. The Panthers put Mallett through a private workout in mid-March.

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