Josh Boyce was as impressive in the measured drills at the 2013 combine as any wide receiver in Indianapolis, ranking among position leaders in the 40-yard dash (4.38 seconds), three-cone drill (6.68), long shuttle (11.26), bench press (22 reps) and broad jump (10'11)
What makes his sparkling performance even more noteworthy: Boyce did it despite a broken foot.
NFLDraftScout.com has learned that Boyce has a fracture in the fifth metatarsal of his right foot, an injury often characterized as a "Jones fracture." Put simply, Boyce has a broken pinkie toe.
The injury may have taken place at the combine or during preparation for the workout. Boyce suffered soreness following Indianapolis and the injury was discovered during X-rays next.
According to a source close to Boyce, the receiver has since had a screw inserted at the base of his toe, as is customary to promote stabilization of the joint. As such, Boyce was unable to participate in TCU's Pro Day Thursday.
Recovery time is generally six to eight weeks, which means he's expected to be 100 percent in time for May mini camps.
The 5-foot-11, 206-pound Boyce is a natural playmaker who emerged as a standout once given the opportunity to play as a redshirt freshman in 2010. He played in every game that year, emerging as a big play threat for Andy Dalton with 646 yards receiving and six touchdowns. He enjoyed his best statistical season in 2011, leading the team with 61 catches for 998 yards and nine scores. His numbers dropped a bit in 2012, though much of this can be attributed to the fact the team's incumbent starting quarterback, Casey Pachall, only played four games before substance-abuse issues made him unavailable.
Boyce ranks as the No. 20 wide receiver on NFLDraftScout.com's board and is currently projected as a fifth-round pick. His stock has been rising due to the impressive workout and his solid tape and league sources characterized him as a potential day two prospect.
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