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February 20, 2008

Injury history looked at during Combine

Prospects at the NFL Scouting Combine go through thorough physicals, so thorough that players get two days to recover before hitting the field at the RCA Dome to "compete" in physical activities.

Players are poked, prodded, twisted and turned, and their medical backgrounds are intensely examined as well.

Here are some of the prospects who could have their medical charts personally evaluated by all 32 NFL teams because of current injuries or a past injury history:

Brian BrohmQBLouisville
The buzz: Suffered torn right ACL in 2005.
Dennis DixonQBOregon
The buzz: Torn left ACL required surgery in November.
Matt RyanQBBoston College
The buzz: Suffered broken bone in left foot in 2006.
Kyle WrightQBMiami
The buzz: Multiple fractures to right thumb, wore brace on left knee.
Thomas BrownRBGeorgia
The buzz: Had torn right ACL as a junior and a broken collarbone as a senior.
Tashard ChoiceRBGeorgia Tech
The buzz: Missed time after minor surgery on his right knee.
Lex HilliardRBMontana
The buzz: Had surgery to repair rotator cuff damage in left shoulder.
Peyton HillisRBArkansas
The buzz: Suffered back injury during college career, and missed time as a junior with a thigh injury.
Chris JohnsonRBEast Carolina
The buzz: Has had neck surgery. Also was bothered by turf toe.
Rafael LittleRBKentucky
The buzz: Sprained his left ACL at Senior Bowl. Has had knee and wrist injuries in the past.
Owen SchmittRBWest Virginia
The buzz: Sat out Senior Bowl with left knee injury.
Ryan TorainRBArizona State
The buzz: Missed last half of senior season with injured left foot.
Andre CaldwellWRFlorida
The buzz: Missed most of 2005 season with a broken right leg. Missed time as a senior because of right knee injury.
Early DoucetWRLSU
The buzz: Has had issues with his hamstring and groin. He sat out the Senior Bowl because of minor hamstring injury.
DJ HallWRAlabama
The buzz: Has history of nagging ankle and shoulder injuries.
Marcus MonkWRArkansas
The buzz: Missed time as a senior with right knee injury; he had two procedures performed on the knee.
Jordy NelsonWRKansas State
The buzz: Had a sprained left knee two years ago.
Brian PaysingerWROregon
The buzz: Missed most of senior season with right knee injury; not yet ready to run the 40-yard dash.
Limas SweedWRTexas
The buzz: Multiple issues this past season with left wrist. Questions about his range of motion currently.
Brad CottamTETennessee
The buzz: Missed most of senior season after surgery on his left wrist.
Dustin KellerTEPurdue
The buzz: Had surgery on his right shoulder during his college career.
Sam BakerOLUSC
The buzz: Had left hamstring injury as senior and there are some past issues with his back.
Andrew CrummeyOLMaryland
The buzz: Suffered injury to left leg during senior season and may have re-injured it at East-West Shrine Game.
King DunlapOLAuburn
The buzz: Missed time during season and then the Shrine Game recovering from left elbow injury.
Tony HillsOLTexas
The buzz: Had nerve damage in his left foot in high school and suffered a broken left leg this season.
Jake LongOLMichigan
The buzz: Suffered an undisclosed injury to his left leg in 2005.
Chilo RachalOLUSC
The buzz: Missed three games with a sprained right knee as a senior.
Matt SpanosOLUSC
The buzz: Missed time with a torn right triceps muscle in his arm.
Eric YoungOLTennessee
The buzz: Suffered a torn quad in his left leg during senior season.
Red BryantDTTexas A&M
The buzz: Suffered right knee injury before the start of his senior season.
Shawn CrableE/OLBMichigan
The buzz: Missed time at Senior Bowl because of undisclosed back injury; may have just been spasms.
Glenn DorseyDTLSU
The buzz: Had troublesome back spasms during season and had a stress fracture to right leg in the past.
Quentin GrovesE/OLBAuburn
The buzz: Missed Senior Bowl because of shoulder problems. He suffered three dislocated toes on his right foot late in the season.
Marcus HarrisonDTArkansas
The buzz: Suffered torn left ACL in college.
James McClintonDTKansas
The buzz: Has had two seizures in the past year.
The buzz: Missed the Senior Bowl because of left knee injury suffered in practice.
Tavares GoodenLBMiami
The buzz: Missed Senior Bowl with hip injury and had prior left shoulder injury.
Vince HallLBVirginia Tech
The buzz: Missed time as a senior after surgery on his left wrist, then hurt his left knee in bowl game.
Zack BowmanCBNebraska
The buzz: Had surgery on both knees during his college career.
Leodis McKelvinCBTroy
The buzz: Has had some lingering issues with left AC joint in his shoulder. Also has had right ankle problems.
Glenn SharpeCBMiami
The buzz: Suffered severe injuries to both knees during his college career.
Terrence WheatleyCBColorado
The buzz: He has had three operations on his right wrist, and suffered a broken bone in his left foot this season.

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