Washington Redskins president Bruce Allen said general manager Scot McCloughan, absent from the scouting combine, would return to work once his family matters are cleared up, though the timetable remains uncertain.
McCloughan said he was handling arrangements for his grandmother's funeral and was unable to attend the combine in Indianapolis. An obit for Marie McCloughan stated that she died Feb. 6 at age 100 with expected services on Feb. 13. But McCloughan said he was helping to plan a memorial service.
Allen told Mark Maske from The Washington Post, when asked if McCloughan would return to work next week, "He could be. We'll see. I'll talk to him tonight."
Earlier, speaking to The Midday 180 on 104.5 in Nashville, Tennessee, Allen said, "Scot's a great guy. Anyone who knows him knows he's a great guy. He's dealing with some family matters now. His grandmother died a week or so ago. So he's dealing with that right now."
Allen said McCloughan remains in place, doing the work the team hired him to do. Multiple agents have said they've been in contact with McCloughan in the past week; one said he spoke to him three times. A report by 106.7 The Fan in Washington said that McCloughan was asked on Feb. 20 to leave Redskins Park. McCloughan and his agent both strongly denied the report, as did his wife, Jessica, on Twitter.
Earlier in the day, Allen would neither confirm nor deny the report to a Washington Post reporter, but added McCloughan would return to work when everything is "OK."
"As soon as the family matters are cleared up, we'll be OK," Allen told hosts Paul Kuharsky, Jonathan Hutton and Chad Withrow.
Allen also told the radio station that the Redskins placed the exclusive tag on quarterback Kirk Cousins to avoid "scuttlebutt" about any possible trades. Cousins can still be traded while on the exclusive tag, but he does not have negotiating rights and therefore lacks control to seek a new deal.