Mar 1, 2020; Indianapolis, Indiana, USA; Auburn Tigers  defensive back Daniel Thomas (DB59) goes through pass catching workout drills during the 2020 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

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Report: NFL to decide soon on format of ’21 scouting combine

The fate of the 2021 NFL Scouting Combine could be decided within the next week, ESPN reported Sunday.

The annual event, which gathers NFL prospects in a central spot for workouts and interviews with team officials, has been up in the air amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The 2020 event was held in Indianapolis beginning in late February, before the sports world shut down because of COVID-19.

ESPN said league officials have been discussing whether to hold a reduced combine in Indianapolis in February, move it to April or hold regional combines designed to reduce travel. One factor that could impact the NFL’s decision is the NCAA’s move of the men’s basketball tournament to Indianapolis, which will tie up facilities and hotels from mid-March through early April.

Indianapolis has hosted the combine annually since 1987.

Setting a date for the combine is crucial because the remainder of the league’s offseason calendar depends on it. The timing of the combine could force the NFL to alter the dates of the draft, which is scheduled to be held April 29 – May 1 in Cleveland.

The 2020 draft was scheduled to be held in Las Vegas but was held virtually instead.

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