NFL draft hope­fuls re­turn to In­di­anapo­lis for med­i­cal evals

Love, Brown Sim­mons are among the in­jured

The Buffalo News - - NFL -

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

In­jury: foot.

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.

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