The separated shoulder Southern California Trojans quarterback Matt Barkley suffered last season will prevent him from throwing at this week’s scouting combine in Indianapolis, according to league sources.
Barkley still might decide to run and jump for NFL teams, but he will not throw, sources said.
Teams wanted to watch Barkley throw to help determine whether he would be the top quarterback selected in April’s draft. They — and the pecking order for quarterbacks in this draft — now will have to wait.
If his decision confuses some, it shouldn’t. When Barkley described the combine as a milestone moment in his career, he actually meant having the doctors clear him on his physicals, and as well as interviewing with the NFL teams looking to draft a franchise QB, according to those who know him.
But doctors who have examined and worked with Barkley are convinced he has made outstanding progress and he already has been cleared to throw at USC’s Pro Day on March 27. Barkley’s shoulder is said to be 85-90 percent recovered.
Barkley recently moved his rehab and training sessions to IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla. He had spent the past month in Birmingham, Ala., rehabbing his shoulder under the supervision of doctors Jim Andrews and Lyle Cain, and Physical Therapist Kevin Wilk.
Along with agents Jimmy Sexton and Ben Dogra of CAA, the men decided the best course of action for Barkley would be to rest his shoulder until March.
While Barkley will not throw, other quarterbacks including West Virginia’s Geno Smith, North Carolina State’s Mike Glennon and Arkansas’ Tyler Wilson will.
Barkley had a shoulder injury during the season that was magnified in the Trojans’ 38-28 loss to UCLA, when it worsened.
Barkley, lacking medical clearance, was unable to participate in the Hyundai Sun Bowl or Senior Bowl.