Just a day ahead of the NFL Draft, new injury concerns are being reported about one of the field’s top players, Alabama wide receiver Jerry Jeudy. He has been largely healthy during his Alabama career, but today there were some reports about a knee injury from 2018.
A few people in the NFL media reported that teams are starting to drop Jeudy in part due to a 2018 meniscus injury. In the realm of knee injuries, those tend to be pretty minor. If a team had Jeudy, Oklahoma’s CeeDee Lamb, and the other major Alabama receiver Henry Ruggs III very close on their draft boards, there is a chance that it could drive his stock a bit down.
Of course, there is always the chance that this is largely a smokescreen by a team down the NFL Draft who is hoping to have Jeudy, largely projected to go in the first half of the first round, tumble down the boards. It has been effective enough for the wide receiver’s camp to address, though.
This morning, his agent put out a response, confirming a 2018 meniscus surgery, but saying that it has not been an issue over the last two years. “The knee is fine. Jerry never missed a practice or a game in two years after the surgery,” Chris Cabott wrote in a response to Adam Schefter and 97.5 The Fanatic, a Philadelphia radio station, on Twitter. “He never even needed treatment on the knee. Every team examined him at the Combine. No team saw anything that even required him to participate in the Combine recheck.” Now, Dr. Lyle Cain, Alabama football’s team orthopedic surgeon, has put out a statement backing up Jeudy’s clean bill of health.
At the Combine, 2 teams expressed concern about the left knee of #Bama WR Jerry Jeudy. Dr. Lyle Cain wrote a letter to all 32 teams detailing a previous surgery & saying “Jeudy has not required any treatment” on it and Cain expects him to progress “without limitations.” Letter: pic.twitter.com/6WXsg8WDeC
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) April 22, 2020
“In summary, Jerry Jeudy had a partial lateral meniscectomy in April 2018. He has had no subsequent issue, symptoms or limitations,” Cain wrote in the release. “He has not required any treatment for his knee since the injury two years ago and currently has no symptoms. I expect him to progress through his professional career without any limitations.”
Jeudy’s stats certainly back up the idea that he is pretty much completely healthy. During the 2018 season, after the surgery, he had 68 catches for 1,315 yards and 14 touchdowns, all career highs. His numbers actually dipped a bit this season (77/1,163/10), though that was likely in part because of the emergence of guys like Ruggs, DeVonta Smith, and Jaylen Waddle. Ruggs is also a likely first-rounder, while Smith and Waddle will be in contention for the 2021 first round. Tua Tagovailoa and Mac Jones had plenty of receivers to feed last year.
It doesn’t sound like the knee issue is a major concern, and hopefully it doesn’t impact Jeudy tomorrow night at all.
The 2020 NFL Draft begins at 8 p.m. ET on Thursday.