Riders draft picks Lokombo, Bandy out of luck as COVID case forces Washington to downsize minicamp

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The Washington Football Team has made modifications to their minicamp after one of the invited players tested positive for COVID-19.

NFL insider Ian Rapoport reported that the team will move forward with the event but only players who were drafted or who were with the team in 2020 will be allowed to participate. This means that unsigned players who were invited to participate — such as Canadians Nelson Lokombo and Logan Bandy — are no longer eligible to do so.

Lokombo won the Presidents’ Trophy in 2019 as the top defensive player in Canadian University football. The University of Saskatchewan product recorded 115 total tackles, six tackles for loss, 15 pass knockdowns, ten interceptions, three sacks, and two forced fumbles in 30 games with the Huskies.

He was selected by the Saskatchewan Roughriders with the No. 2 overall pick in the 2021 CFL Draft and is expected to be a major contributor for the Green and White.

Bandy fell on draft day and was eventually selected by Saskatchewan in the fifth round. The former hockey player has plenty of upside and athleticism, which is why Washington was hoping to bring him in for a workout.

The event would have been key for both players as neither had a chance to showcase their skills due to the cancellation of the U Sports season in 2020. Both players are currently looking for other minicamp opportunities, though most rosters have already been finalized.

Washington’s minicamp is scheduled for May 14-15 and will still include one Canadian player as Montreal native Benjamin St-Juste was a third-round pick of the team in the 2021 NFL Draft.

John Hodge is a Canadian football reporter based in Winnipeg.