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Pasquarelli: MRI reveals USC's White has torn hamstring

Discussion in 'Draft Zone' started by Cbz40, Apr 14, 2006.

  1. Cbz40

    Cbz40 The Grand Poobah

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    Updated: April 14, 2006, 1:20 AM ET
    MRI reveals USC's White has torn hamstringBy Len Pasquarelli
    ESPN.com



    The NFL draft's lone highly regarded "big" back may be an even bigger gamble now for any team that selects LenDale White, but at least scouts know the other half of the stellar Southern California tailback tandem had a legitimate reason for not participating in the school's recent pro day auditions.


    An MRI examination has revealed that White, whose stock has fallen because of his inability to work out for scouts, has a right hamstring tear that will sideline him for about another month and preclude him from running. That means any team selecting White will do so without the benefit of a 40-yard time, typically an important component of the draft evaluation puzzle.

    Clayton's Take


    LenDale White probably feels vindicated, but the revelation that he has a hamstring tear near the pelvic area could cost him any chance of getting selected in the first round.

    To read the rest of John Clayton's Quick Hits, click here .



    White's representatives on Thursday evening confirmed the MRI results, which were initially reported by the Denver Post.


    "The problem LenDale faced was that he knew something wasn't right [with his hamstring]," said agent Eugene Parker, "but there was still pressure to try to run. But had he run just to satisfy people and torn the thing up again, then things would have been even worse than they are now."


    How bad things are for White, who bypassed his final season of college eligibility to enter the draft and was projected as a high first-round selection, remains to be seen. Certainly it is a problem for White and for the several teams that coveted him as a first-rounder. Those teams viewed White as the lone power back with a first-round grade.


    While the MRI result vindicates White, who told ESPN.com two weeks ago that he initially injured the hamstring while performing a Cybex test at the league scouting combine in late February, it still leaves scouts with an incomplete assessment of the former Trojans star.


    Most teams are reluctant to invest millions of dollars in a player who has not been fully evaluated. Of course, scouts also contend that the true measure of a prospect's ability and potential at the NFL level is his body of work on the field in college and not how well he performs in predraft workouts that occur in shorts and T-shirts.


    Dr. Randall Eldridge, a Denver-area chiropractor who specializes in treatment of musculoskeletal injuries and who conducted the MRI exam, said that White will recover but will probably be sidelined until mid-May. Under that scenario, White would not only be precluded from doing any more evaluation-type work before the draft but would also probably miss the rookie orientation session or mini-camp weekend of the club that takes him. Eldridge diagnosed the injury as a "moderate" tear near the pelvic region.


    "I could see where he would have been in considerable pain had he tried to run," Eldridge said.


    At the USC pro day on April 2, White knelt on one knee for much of the proceedings, dressed in a track suit. He took off the top of the track suit to participate in the bench press, the only drill in which White took part. White managed only 15 repetitions of the standard 225-pound bench press, a performance that was considered disappointing. By comparison, Heisman Trophy teammate Reggie Bush, a much smaller back, did 24 lifts.


    Almost as concerning to scouts as White's inability to perform at the pro day was his weight of 244 pounds, six pounds heavier than he weighed at the combine. But White suggested that he actually weighed far more, 252 pounds, for the Rose Bowl national championship game against Texas.


    "I've just got to get right [physically] and then I'll be fine and do everything they want me to do," White said at the time. "But right now I'm not right."


    White indicated at the time he planned to return to his native Denver, meet with specialists there to gauge the severity of his hamstring problem and then hopefully work out for scouts before the draft. That will not be the case now.


    In his three college seasons, White carried 541 times for 3,159 yards and 52 touchdowns. He also added 31 receptions for 331 yards and five touchdowns. A strong runner between the tackles and bullish when he got into the secondary, he ran for more than 1,000 yards in both 2004 and 2005 and was a perfect complement to the more elusive Bush.


    Len Pasquarelli is a senior NFL writer for ESPN.com.
  2. CrazyCowboy

    CrazyCowboy Well-Known Member

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    White tried to tell everyone........guess we should listen
  3. burmafrd

    burmafrd Well-Known Member

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    If he had been working at staying in top shape he probably would not have torn it- just another example of his laziness and immaturity. AND why did he not have that looked at right away? This does NOTHING but raise more warning flags about him.
  4. THUMPER

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    If White drops to us in the 2nd round I would take him in a heartbeat!
  5. Cbz40

    Cbz40 The Grand Poobah

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    Yes Thumper I would have to agree.
  6. kingwhicker

    kingwhicker BCRSA

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    Pittsburgh will pick him and he'll run for 1700 yards and 22 TDs next year. They always make everybody look like a fool by passing up on players that have health concerns or played at a small school.
  7. koolaid

    koolaid Drink Me

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    thats pure speculation
  8. Kangaroo

    Kangaroo Active Member

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    Now that is an asinine statement. You see pro track athelete tear their's all the time and they are in top shape at meets.

    Being in shape can reduce the chance of injury but it is not a guarantee it will not happen.

    Anyways even after the thing heals he will not feel right; I just tore my hammy about 5 weeks ago it took like 4 weeks for all th twinges to go away and when I started back up my aikido it is not quite right I can feel it; lost a lot of stregenth in the leg but it is coming back with some work
  9. Yeagermeister

    Yeagermeister Active Member

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    He must have torn it running to the fridge and back :D
  10. burmafrd

    burmafrd Well-Known Member

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    My point is that NOTHING here makes White look good. And nothing he has done since the Rose Bowl is favorable to him. PASS.
  11. conner01

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    something sounds fishy here. denver needs a rb,a chiropractor finds a torn hammy. gonna be kinda funny if he falls right in denvers lap after a denver area chiroprator finds something no one else has.maybe i'm just not very trusting but something seems fishy here
  12. AbeBeta

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    PFT is reporting that his "doctor" is currently a chiropractor -- sorry to offend anyone but those guys aren't medical doctors -- any top prospect should keep himself away from working with those guys -- you might as well work with a homeopath or a psychic surgeon.
  13. ABQCOWBOY

    ABQCOWBOY Moderator Staff Member

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    I have felt and still feel as if White is the best Pro Back at USC last year. This might be the best thing that could have happened to him. He will go to a team that is talented and is in need of a top RB. He will have a chance to win championships early in his career and possibly break records. He will not have to suffer through a poor rebuild or below average OL etc. Silver linings..........
  14. AbeBeta

    AbeBeta Well-Known Member

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    Best thing?

    He's going to lose a ton of money over this.
  15. ABQCOWBOY

    ABQCOWBOY Moderator Staff Member

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    I don't think he'll fall out of the 1st round. I think he will go late and I would not be surprised to see him land in NE or Pittsburgh. If he does go to a team like that, he's going to have a chance to play with top tier NFL franchise. Excellent QBs, excellent OLs etc. He may loose money in the short term but over the long hall, I think he will end up in a better position. If Bush goes to Houston, I don't think he'll have it so lucky.

    So long as White can play healthy, he is going to get his money.
  16. Chief

    Chief "Friggin Joke Monkey"

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    Welcome to message boards.

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