The top cornerback in this year’s draft is dealing with a lingering injury that will require surgery.
Alabama’s Dee Milliner has a torn labrum in his right shoulder and will have surgery after the Scouting Combine, his agent told Adam Schefter of ESPN.
“The doctors have informed us that he will be 100 percent and fully recovered in time for training camp in July,” said Tony Fleming, one of Milliner’s reps with Impact Sports. “We will be providing all NFL clubs information prior to surgery and updates close to the draft.”
The injury apparently isn’t bothering Milliner too much, because he played through it during the 2012 season at Alabama and is still planning to do every workout at the Combine except the bench press. But surgery will be necessary, and Milliner will have to sit out Alabama’s Pro Day.
Milliner is universally regarded as the top cornerback in this year’s draft. Assuming the surgery is successful (and we can’t remember the last time a player’s surgery was described as anything other than “successful”), that likely won’t change, and this surgery will be viewed as a bump in the road.