NFC West: Crabtree hurt

Posted by's Mike Sando

Michael Crabtree's decision to undergo foot surgery after previously vowing to run 40-yard dashes for NFL scouts makes sense from a strategic standpoint.

The Texas Tech receiver looks like a gamer for vowing to run. In the end, he avoids any of the risks associated with running -- injuries, clocking a bad time, etc.

The Rams, Seahawks and other NFL teams with high draft choices now must rely more heavily upon evaluations of the way Crabtree played in college. That benefits Crabtree.

More on his injury and surgical success rates here.

Posted by's Mike Sando

INDIANAPOLIS -- Michael Crabtree's recently discovered foot injury does not appear serious enough to dissuade teams from strongly considering him early in the draft.

That is my thinking, based on what we know about the injury. The injury was minor enough to elude detection until NFL doctors administered exhaustive tests at the combine.

Crabtree does indeed have a "Jones fracture" in his left foot, as suspected. What does this mean? History tells us the injury will likely heal without complication.

Specifically, 41 of 46 combine participants who underwent similar procedures between 1988 and 2002 healed without complication. Three developed a nonunion. The success rate for NFL players was 94 percent (16 of 17) between 1996 and 2001.

This information is readily available through the National Center for Biotechnical Information (NCBI):

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Crabtree confirms he'll have surgery

February, 22, 2009

Posted by's Mike Sando

INDIANAPOLIS -- Texas Tech receiver Michael Crabtree issued a brief statement, clearing up conflicting reports about his plans after medical exams revealed an injury to his left foot.

Crabtree: "It's an old injury I've been having and I've never had any pain in it. I will run my 40 and after I do that, I'm going to do surgery and I'm looking forward to going to the next level."

Crabtree had previously told the Dallas Morning News he would not undergo surgery. Sources previously said Crabtree could need between six and 10 weeks to recover from surgery. Those estimates remain unchanged.

Caution advised in Crabtree analysis

February, 21, 2009

Posted by's Mike Sando

INDIANAPOLIS -- Foot surgery threatens to hurt Michael Crabtree's draft stock, but recent history suggests NFL teams might draft him early anyway.

The Panthers selected running back Jonathan Stewart with the 13th overall choice of the 2008 draft even though Stewart underwent toe surgery six weeks before the draft. Crabtree's surgery carries a shorter recovery timetable -- 6 to 10 weeks -- than the one Stewart followed.

Crabtree's injury status could affect the Seahawks' thinking if they find themselves torn between Crabtree and another prospect with the fourth overall choice. Seattle already has enough receivers dealing with injury problems. If Seattle perceived Crabtree's injury as troubling, the team might consider safer alternatives.

Crabtree's injury -- described as a crack in the fifth metatarsal bone of his left foot -- sounds consistent with the injury Missouri tight end Chase Coffman suffered. Coffman described his injury as a Jones fracture. I do not know if Crabtree's injury is similar.

Update: Crabtree plans to run two 40-yard dashes at his pro day March 26, according to Adam Schefter of NFL Network. He plans to have surgery after running.