Jeffery Simmons and Preston Williams have not been invited to the NFL Scouting Combine over past issues involving violence

By Charlotte Carroll
January 31, 2019

Mississippi State defensive tackle Jeffery Simmons and Colorado State wide receiver Preston Williams have not been invited to the scouting combine over past issues involving violence, reports NFL Network's Tom Pelissero.

According to Pelissero, the two were informed they won't be invited because they don't meet the criteria under the NFL's policy about past issues involving violence. For now, they're the only two not invited to this year's combine but invitations have been rescinded in the past after checks.

Simmons was arrested in 2016 after a physical altercation with a woman. He was captured on video striking a woman and later pleaded no contest to simple assault. He was suspended one game for the incident.

Williams was arrested in 2017 after an altercation involving a former girlfriend. He allegedly shoved her multiple during an argument, and was arrested three weeks later for violating a restraining order after the first arrest. He pleaded guilty to harassment charges and received a deferred sentence, while tampering and domestic violence charges were dismissed.

Simmons recorded 157 tackles, seven sacks and four forced fumbles in three seasons at Mississippi State. Williams had 96 receptions for 1,345 yards and 14 touchdowns this season.

The scouting combine begins Feb. 26 in Indianapolis, while the NFL draft starts April 25 in Nashville.

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