UPDATE: App State LB Davis-Gaither, LSU C Cushenberry among several draft hopefuls dealing with injuries at NFL Combine

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Updated 3/1/20

Add several more players who were injured during the Combine.

Linebackers Patrick Queen of LSU (6-0, 229) and Kenneth Murray of Oklahoma (6-2, 241) each appeared to tweak their hamstrings while running their second 40-yard dash drills on Saturday.

Neither injury is serious.

NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport said Queen is expected to participate in LSU’s Pro Day on April 3.  The Bleacher Report’s Matt Miller, meanwhile, says Murray had already regained strength and is also expected to participate in Oklahoma’s Pro Day on March 11.

And Ohio State cornerback Jeffrey Okudah (6-1, 205) landed awkwardly while tracking a ball, taking a hit to his head and neck area on Sunday. Okudah sat out the drills afterward but later confirmed via Twitter that he was fine.

Okudah is the No. 5 overall prospect in the latest Fanspeak-Steve big board.

Small-school linebacker Akeem Davis-Gaither was hoping to make a name for himself at the 2020 NFL Scouting Combine.

Now he’ll have to impress during Appalachian State’s Pro Day.

Davis-Gaither (6-foot1, 224) is among several players who are either not participating, limited, or who were hurt during the Combine.

Davis-Gaither, a Senior Bowl participant, was diagnosed with a stress fracture in his foot. Even though he played with the injury the entire season, Davis-Gaither will now need surgery.

Tony Pauline of Pro Football Network says Davis-Gaither will likely need a screw surgically inserted to stabilize the injury.

It was also disappointing news for one of the top offensive linemen at the Combine. LSU center Lloyd Cushenberry (6-3, 312), considered the best interior offensive lineman, appeared to pull his right hamstring while running his second 40-yard dash on Friday, forcing him to miss the rest of the drills, reports NFL Networks Kimberly Jones. Cushenberry ran a 5.27 40 on his first attempt. Prior to that, he had 25 reps in the bench press.

LSU’s Pro Day is April 3.

More Combine injury news includes:

  • Florida WR Van Jefferson (6-1, 200) was discovered to have what’s called a Jones fracture in his right foot, which ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports was discovered during his Combine physical. Jefferson is expected to undergo surgery next week and will be sidelined six to eight weeks but is still expected to be healthy by training camp.
  • Alabama WR Henry Ruggs III (5-11, 188) suffered an undisclosed injury after his second 40 but was seen icing his quad afterward. Ruggs still posted a 40 time of 4.27, one of the fastest times ever recorded at the event.
  • Notre Dame edge Khalid Kareem (6-4, 268) suffered a torn labrum late last season but played through the injury. He had surgery in January but isn’t expected to be ready for rookie minicamps in May. However, he’s expected to be fully healthy by training camp, according to ND Insider.
  • Fresh off a Walter Football Hot Press report that said team sources were concerned about Colorado WR Laviska Shenault’s (6-1, 227) ability to avoid injury, ESPN’s Schefter reported Saturday afternoon that the junior would undergo surgery that would sideline him four to six weeks. Shenault, according to the report, has been dealing with a core muscle injury and inflammation of the pubic bone. Shenault ran a pedestrian 4.58 40 and had 17 reps on bench press but didn’t participate in any other drills.

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