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NFL Network has scheduled to air a number of press conferences during the annual NFL Scouting Combine, which begins Thursday in Indianapolis. Chicago Bears coaches and scouts will be in the RCA Dome to evaluate more than 300 NFL hopefuls from February 23-28. The NFL Scouting Combine, consists of on-field drills, medical testing, exams and interviews with team personnel and the media.

NFL Network will provide exclusive live television coverage of the annual event beginning Thursday at 2 p.m. ET and continuing through Wednesday, March 1. The network plans to air press conferences from Thursday through Saturday. It also will televise player drills Saturday through Tuesday, as well as announce news and interviews throughout the combine. NFL Network plans an hour wrap-up show March 1 at 9 p.m. ET.

Bears head coach Lovie Smith is scheduled to be at the main podium at 4:00 p.m. (ET) this Thursday.

"We view the NFL Scouting Combine as one of the hidden gems still left in the NFL," said Charles Coplin, NFL Network's vice president of programming. "This is an event NFL Network believes in and will look to grow to NFL Draft-like status."

NFL Network will air three hours of live workouts daily from Saturday through Tuesday, beginning at 11 a.m. ET and featuring future NFL players participating in a variety of drills, including the famed 40-yard-dash. The live midday Scouting Combine workouts re-air on NFL Network each night from 8 p.m. ET/PT to 10 p.m. ET/PT.

NFL Network draft expert Mike Mayock and host Paul Burmeister will serve as NFL Network's on-air team for the live workouts and provide daily player reports on the prospects participating.

In addition, NFL Network's signature show, NFL Total Access, will be on location from the Scouting Combine in Indianapolis with news, analysis and interviews featuring host Rich Eisen alongside former NFL and college head coach and current NFL Network analyst Butch Davis. NFLTA will air five consecutive nights of shows from Feb. 23-Feb. 27 at 7 p.m. ET/PT.

NFL Network will carry player, coach and general manager press conferences from the NFL Scouting Combine with analysts Adam Schefter and former Colts and Saints coach Jim Mora, Sr.

With extensive access to daily workouts, head coaches, front-office personnel and players, 2006 NFL Scouting Combine on NFL Network will give fans an exclusive opportunity to see how teams are preparing for the upcoming NFL Draft April 29-30.

NFL Network's 2006 NFL Scouting Combine coverage also will examine how the Combine's drills, tests and interviews are used by NFL teams to make decisions about the NFL Draft.

The following is NFL Network's day-by-day telecast plans:

Thursday, February 23
2 p.m. ET – NFL Scouting Combine Press Conferences (LIVE)
7 p.m. ET/PT -- NFL Total Access from the Scouting Combine

Friday, February 24
2 p.m. ET – NFL Scouting Combine Press Conferences (LIVE)
7 p.m. ET/PT -- NFL Total Access from the Scouting Combine

Saturday, February 25
11 a.m. ET -- Workouts: Offensive Linemen and Running Backs (LIVE)
2 p.m. ET – NFL Scouting Combine Press Conferences (LIVE)
7 p.m. ET/PT -- NFL Total Access from the Scouting Combine

Sunday, February 26
11 a.m. -- Workouts: Quarterbacks, Wide Receivers, Running Backs (LIVE) (re-airs 8 p.m. ET/PT)
2 p.m. ET – NFL Scouting Combine Press Conferences (LIVE)
7 p.m. ET/PT -- NFL Total Access from the Scouting Combine

Monday, February 27
11 a.m. ET -- Workouts: Tight Ends, Defensive Lineman (LIVE) (re-airs 8 p.m. ET/PT)
7 p.m. ET/PT -- NFL Total Access from the Scouting Combine

Tuesday, February 28
11 a.m. ET -- Workouts: Linebackers, Defensive Backs (LIVE) (re-airs at 8 p.m. ET/PT)

Wednesday, Mar. 1 – 8 p.m. ET/PT
2006 NFL Scouting Combine Wrap-Up Show


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