The NFL has rescinded Louisiana Tech pass rusher Jaylon Ferguson’s invitation to the scouting combine after a background check turned up an off-field issue that made him ineligible under the league’s policy, sources tell NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport and Tom Pelissero.

Ferguson, the NCAA’s all-time sack leader, was convicted of simple battery his freshman year at Tech following a fight at a McDonald’s. As per the rules, that’s enough to take away a combine invitation. The NFL told clubs last month players would be barred from the combine “if a background check reveals a conviction of a felony or misdemeanor involving violence.”

Ferguson also received a public intoxication charge while in college. A potential first-round selection, teams have already begun reaching out to schedule visits. Those will increase with him not going to the combine.

Here’s a statement on his behalf: 

Ferguson is considered by some to be a potential first-round pick in the 2019 NFL Draft. The 23-year-old recorded 17.5 sacks and 26 tackles for loss during his final season at Louisiana Tech.

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