Stephen Paea hurts knee at Senior Bowl

January, 25, 2011
1/25/11
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Oregon State defensive tackle Stephen Paea went to the Senior Bowl to show off for NFL scouts and secure a spot in the first round of the draft.

Sometimes plans don't go your way.

Paea suffered a possible tear to the lateral meniscus in one knee Monday, sources told ESPN's Chris Mortensen. He was undergoing an MRI on Tuesday after hurting the knee during the opening practice for the North squad.

Writes Mortensen: "While the injury figures to jeopardize Paea's full participation at the scouting combine next month, it is believed that a normal recovery would not jeopardize his playing status for the 2011 season, pending the specific details of the MRI."

So Paea still figures to get picked early and make a lot of money for himself and his family. Still, an injury that jeopardizes his "full participation at the scouting combine" does bring into question whether he will be able to break the combine bench press record.

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