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For Van Zant, it's more than just the injury issue

Martel Van Zant wasn't invited to the combine, but he's in Indy anyway, hoping to convince NFL teams that his injury problem -- and his deafness -- are not negatives, writes Pat Yasinskas.

Originally Published: February 21, 2008
By Pat Yasinskas | ESPN.com

INDIANAPOLIS -- Martel Van Zant positioned himself next to an escalator in the lobby of the Indiana Convention Center on Thursday and tried to talk his way into the NFL. But while the words were his own, the voice and ears belonged to Allie Lee.

A 22-year-old cornerback from Oklahoma State, Van Zant wasn't invited to participate in the league's scouting combine that began this week. One reason is that Van Zant is recovering from a dislocated ankle tendon he suffered in November. ...

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