Tag:Dr. James Andrews
Posted on: January 22, 2011 8:21 pm

Ohio State DE Heyward undergoes surgery

Ohio State defensive end Cameron Heyward will miss the upcoming Senior Bowl and perhaps much more after undergoing elbow surgery, according to a report from Tim May of The Columbus Dispatch.

According to May's report, Heyward underwent surgery at renowned surgeon Dr. James Andrews' facility in Alabama. It is not immediately known when Heyward will be back to 100%.

The 6-5, 288 pound Heyward hyperextended his elbow in the Buckeyes' 31-26 victory over Arkansas in the Sugar Bowl.

Heyward was terrific in that contest, clearly struggling with pain throughout much of the game, but enjoying as dominant of a performance as we saw from any defensive lineman throughout the bowl games. He was officially credited with six tackles, including 3.5 tackles for loss, a sack, two QB hurries and a pass breakup. Heyward earned First Team All Big Ten honors this season with 48 tackles, 13 tackles for loss, 3.5 sacks, a safety and an interception he returned 80 yards against Miami.

Posted on: February 15, 2010 8:03 pm
Edited on: February 21, 2010 1:34 pm

Colt McCoy will attempt to throw at Combine

Texas quarterback Colt McCoy has been throwing 40-50 passes a day in an attempt to be ready to throw at the NFL Scouting Combine next week, he told media on hand Monday to see him presented with the Davey O'Brien award as the nation's top quarterback.

“I see the doctors every week,” McCoy said. “I go through the rehab process every day. I’m healing much quicker than normal.”

McCoy was checked by renowned surgeon, Dr. James Andrews, after sustaining the injury in the National Championship game. It was determined that he would not need surgery. However, since this is the second time McCoy has been sidelined with a nerve injury in his shoulder, scouts are concerned that this will be a recurring problem in the future. He suffered a pinched nerve in his neck as a freshman that knocked him out of the loss to Kansas State and limited him two weeks later against Texas A&M.

McCoy's ability to throw for scouts had been in question since the fifth play of the national championship game when he absorbed a big hit from Alabama defensive end Brandon Deaderick. While not in great pain at the time of the injury, McCoy compained that his arm felt "dead" and Texas did not allow him to return to the field. 

His career 70.3% completion percentage and NCAA-record 45 career wins are numbers scouts like. On the field, they like his moxie, mobility and short to intermediate range accuracy.

McCoy is currently rated as the 3rd best quarterback available in the 2010 NFL Draft by NFLDraftScout.com, behind juniors Sam Bradford (Oklahoma) and Jimmy Clausen (Notre Dame). If he can prove his health, McCoy is likely to be selected in the second round. 

Posted on: October 25, 2009 6:23 pm

Oklahoma: Bradford entering 2010 draft

The official website of the Oklahoma Sooners announced the news that NFL scouts had been expecting: Sam Bradford will undergo season-ending shoulder surgery and, assuming his rehabilitation goes as expected, will be entering the 2010 NFL Draft.

The injury -- a sprained AC joint of his right (throwing) shoulder -- initially occurred in Oklahoma's opening season loss to BYU, Bradford came back for a tune-up against Baylor, but only made it to the second offensive series for the Sooners before going down against the Texas pass rush.

The noted surgeon, Dr. James Andrews, will be performing the surgery on Wednesday. The expected rehabilitation is 4-6 months. With the draft approximately 7 months away, Bradford is hopeful to have enough time to work out for scouts prior to draft, whether at the Combine or in a personal Pro Day workout later.

Bradford had flirted with leaving after his record-breaking, Heisman Trophy winning redshirt sophomore season. With 4/5s of his offensive line moving on, as well as his top three receiving targets gone, Bradford had his work cut out for him, but showed the same impressive arm strength and lazer accuracy that had many scouts privately ranking Bradford as the elite passing prospect last year, over Matt Stafford and Mark Sanchez.

Though questions about his recovery and long-term durability are sure to be concerns for scouts, Bradford's size, arm strength and accuracy make him a better NFL prospect than seniors Colt McCoy, Tim Tebow, Tony Pike and the rest of the 2010 class.

Bradford's final numbers at Oklahoma are impressive. He led the country in passing efficiency in his two starting seasons and leaves OU with 15 passing records, including career marks for yards (8,403) and touchdowns (88).

The link to the original story is here.

Posted on: September 26, 2009 4:10 pm

Bradford-Andrews meeting sounds big, means little

Much will be made of the fact that Oklahoma quarterback Sam Bradford is set to meet with renowned orthopedic surgeon Dr. James Andrews during the Sooners off-week. Alarmists will argue that this means Bradford had some type of setback after throwing in practice last week.

Sources close to the program, however, have confirmed that Bradford's visit has more to do his insurance policy protecting the Heisman winner from a career-threatening injury. The insurance company, like Bradford, Oklahoma coaches, and NFL scouts, simply want the most trusted opinion in the business to look over Bradford's shoulder before any further decisions are made about his return to the field.

Bradford's father, Kent, is an insurance agent, so one can trust that his son is well prepared. Multi-million dollar policies have become the norm for high-profile players.

Bradford had expressed hope that he could be ready for next weekend's showdown with the University of Miami. With Dr. Andrews' consent, he'd almost certainly be cleared by the OU doctors to do so.

Posted on: March 3, 2009 6:00 pm

Injury Updates - Eugene Monroe, Jeremy Maclin


There has been a buzz surrounding Virginia offensive tackle Eugene Monroe and Missouri wide receiver Jeremy Maclin and potential injuries discovered at the Combine... Sources in the league, however, tell me that all of the talk has little substance behind it.

Monroe has had some recurring issues with his left knee. He originally suffered a patella tendon strain in 2005. The most serious issue occurred in April of 2006, when he dislocated his left knee cap and was forced to undergo surgery on April 7th of that year. He returned to play in every game in 2006 and didn't allow a sack all year long. He missed two games due to a knee sprain in 2007, but no games in 2008. Some team doctors may have seen enough in his medical reports to redflag the knee, but the teams I spoke with were not concerned. Said one front office executive potentially in position to draft Monroe: "It doesn't change our stance on him..." 

Likewise, Missouri wide receiver Jeremy Maclin has been cleared by renowned Dr. James Andrews for all testing. I was among the media invited into the Combine to watch the quarterbacks and receivers work out on Sunday, February 21st and saw Maclin go down awkwardly in an attempt to haul in a long pass from Hartwick's Jason Boltus... After a few moments on the trainers' table, Maclin jumped right back into the workout, though he was clearly tentative. Andrews' announcement is sure to ease teams' concerns about his health. 



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