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Thursday, February 19, 2009
Missouri tight end battles foot injury


Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

INDIANAPOLIS -- Missouri tight end Chase Coffman recently finished addressing concerns about injuries and his blocking ability after playing in a spread passing game.

 
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  Chase Coffman hauled in 90 passes for 987 yards in 2008.

The Seahawks, 49ers and Rams appear fairly set at tight end if Randy McMichael recovers from the broken tibia that ended his 2008 season. The Cardinals could use help at tight end, but they could also stand to become more durable at the position. And they need their tight end to show proficiency as a blocker, not just as a receiver.

Coffman would not appear to fit the profile despite catching 90 passes for 987 yards and 10 touchdowns in his final season. He suffered a broken fifth metatarsal bone in his left foot on the final play of the Tigers' bowl game. The injury, known as a Jones fracture, stems from "overuse, repetitive stress or trauma," according to the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons. Jones fractures are "less common and more difficult to treat than avulsion fractures" that sometimes accompany sprains.

Coffman said he plans to work out at Missouri's pro day next month. He has dropped from around 250 pounds to 245 while recovering from the injury. Coffman grew up around the game. His father, Paul, spent eight of his 11 NFL seasons with the Packers.

Oklahoma State tight end Brandon Pettigrew is available now. I'll go check in with him.