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Posted Feb. 22, 2009

Crabtree Stress Fracture

Entourage's Johnny Drama did not make an appearance at the NFL Combine yesterday, but his last name sure did. Andre Smith was missing in action as he left for a plane at 6 a.m. for Atlanta and opted not to participate on the field this week, but I will get into that more in-depth next week on my blog regarding his draft stock and a look into NFL Draft history.

The most intriguing news of the day was when it was reported by NFL Network's Adam "Blackberry" Schefter that team doctors found a stress fracture in the foot of Texas Tech's wide receiver, Michael Crabtree.

Schefter originally reported Crabtree would elect for surgery to put a screw in his foot in which he would be out for 10 weeks. This would mean teams would not have a measurable on Crabtree for the re-evaluation process. It could potentially really hurt his draft stock.

However, Schefter then later reported Crabtree will try to train and run at his pro day in Lubbock, Tx. He also said the doctors determined the stress fracture occurred when he was working out Michael Johnson at his training facility just a few weeks ago.

I think it's important for us to examine what exactly a stress fracture is, and unfortunately I am not exactly House, so I did some Googling.

According to Your Orthopaedic Connection, a stress fracture "occurs when muscles become fatigued and are unable to absorb added shock. Eventually, the fatigued muscle transfers the overload of stress to the bone causing a tiny crack called a stress fracture."

What causes a stress fracture?

"Stress fractures often are the result of increasing the amount or intensity of an activity too rapidly. They also can be caused by - increased physical stress."

Why did it happen?

"�the repetitive stress of the foot striking the ground can cause trauma. Without sufficient rest between workouts or competitions, an athlete is at risk for developing a stress fracture."

The stress fracture likely happened in one of his metatarsal bones, or the long bones in your foot.

After I researched this injury, I am not a fan of Crabtree trying to run his 40. If the doctors determined he should go into surgery, then that is what he should do. Hey, everyone thought Shawne Merriman was being an idiot by trying to play with a torn PCL. He tried to in Week 1, then wisely called it a season.

I do not feel like Crabtree is making the right decision. He could potentially cause even more serious damage, and this could be a problem for the rest of his career if he does not get it taken care of.

The Seahawks could still take him No. 4 overall even with his injury. The Panthers took Jonathan Stewart last year when he had a toe injury. The Dolphins took Ted Ginn, Jr. No. 9 overall in 2007 with a foot injury.

This would not be the first time the Seahawks drafted a redshirt sophomore receiver in the top 10 that had a pre-draft injury. N.C. State product Koren Robinson tweaked his hamstring a few times. On March 23, he was scheduled to have a workout, but pulled his hammy running a 40. During his broad jump at another workout on April 5, he tweaked it again. He reportedly ran in the 4.6 range at this workout, according to Mel Kiper, Jr.

The rest is history. Koren Robinson was one of several receiver busts from the 2001 NFL Draft (David Terrell, Rod Gardner, Freddie Mitchell, Quincy Morgan, Robert Ferguson) and the Seahawks do not look smart taking a receiver with questionable speed and intangibles.

T his situation is eerily similar to what happened in 2001 with the Seahawks and Robinson.

I am a firm believe that draftniks should reflect on draft history to predict the future. Will the Seahawks draft another receiver with an uncertain 40 and pre-draft injuries?

It has happened before.

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