NFL draft hopefuls return to Indianapolis for medical evals
Love, Brown Simmons are among the injured
A few dozen players who were invited to the NFL scouting combine in February have been asked to return to Indianapolis this week for updated medical evaluations.
With the 2019 NFL Draft less than three weeks away, teams want to get the most current information available on the status of players recovering from various injuries. Players are not required to return to Indianapolis but generally make the trip if requested to do so.
Players are evaluated at the same medical facility at the Indiana University Health as their original appointments back in February. A key difference in April’s re-check is that only a player’s specific area of concern is being evaluated, unlike the exhaustive head-to-toe evaluation performed previously.
Five players with pressing medical concerns or rehabilitations whose stock may hinge on the information learned by IU Health doctors this week:
OLB Chase Hansen, Utah Injury: Herniated disk in back Timeline for return: Hansen told reporters at Utah’s March 28 pro day that he anticipates being fully cleared by the opening of NFL training camps in July.
Medical matters: A former safety turned first-team All-Pac-12 outside linebacker, Hansen has the resume to warrant top 100 consideration.
RB Bryce Love, Stanford Injury: Torn right ACL
Timeline for return: Love is hoping to be back on the field this summer for training camp after undergoing corrective surgery Dec. 18 with the renowned Dr. James Andrews. A redshirt rookie year is possible.
Medical matters: After making the surprising decision to return for his senior season following a breakout junior campaign in which he rushed for 2,118 yards and 19 touchdowns, Love suffered a heartbreaking injury in the final regular-season game of his career, tearing knee ligaments on his 22nd carry (matching his seasonhigh) against rival California.
CB Kendall Sheffield, Ohio State
Injury: Torn left pectoral muscle. Timeline for return: With no surgery planned, Sheffield is hoping to be available for May rookie minicamps.
Medical matters: Sheffield suffered a partial tear on his seventh repetition in the event and was unable to further compete in Indianapolis or the Buckeyes’ March 20 pro day.
WR Marquise Brown, Oklahoma
Timeline for return: After undergoing surgery in January, Brown Lisfranc surgery on left is reportedly expected to be back on the field in time for summer training camp.
Medical matter: Brown was widely regarded as the preeminent vertical threat in college football the past two years, averaging 18.3 yards per catch and scoring 17 touchdowns in 25 games for the Sooners.
DT Jeffery Simmons, Miss. St. Injury: Torn left ACL.
Timeline for return: Simmons is reportedly on track to be back on the field in October. A redshirt rookie year shouldn’t be ruled out.
Medical matters: Simmons was a potential top-10 pick before he suffered the injury training in Boca Raton, Fla., approximately two weeks before the combine.