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Stinger keeps Manti Te’o from bench pressing at the Combine

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Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’o is recovering from a stinger in his right shoulder and will not bench press at the Scouting Combine, NFL Network reports.

Te’o, who had what may have been the most-watched press conference in the history of the Scouting Combine as he answered questions about his bizarre “dead girlfriend” hoax, will also be closely watched in his on-field workouts. As we noted in December, before Te’o’s personal life became a circus, there are questions about whether Te’o has the speed NFL teams need from a linebacker.

If Te’o runs well at the Combine, it could go a long way toward putting those concerns about his speed to rest. So for Te’o, running will be much more important than lifting.

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7 Responses to “Stinger keeps Manti Te’o from bench pressing at the Combine”
  1. PeterKingLovesCoqAVin says: Feb 25, 2013 9:09 AM

    Would not draft.

  2. wcucarter says: Feb 25, 2013 9:27 AM

    Rey Maualuga 2.0

  3. granadafan says: Feb 25, 2013 9:28 AM

    A “stinger”is code for “he got his period”.

  4. mazblast says: Feb 25, 2013 9:47 AM

    Well, that’s a convenient injury.

    Does the “stinger” retroactively date back to before the National Championship Game? Is that his excuse for getting pancaked all night?

  5. polapea says: Feb 25, 2013 10:08 AM

    Unless he just got the stinger (which would be odd w/o contact) this would be a red flag for me. Stingers usually go away pretty quick, if he has a pinched nerve it can be a longer recovery and strength can be lost.

  6. harrisonhits2 says: Feb 25, 2013 12:19 PM

    Sounds like another lie so he can avoid a poor workout result. What exactly has he been doing lately that would result in contact causing a stinger ?

    This kid should be considered the definition of red flag to the people who draft nfl players.

  7. mogogo1 says: Feb 25, 2013 2:37 PM

    If there was one guy who needed to do absolutely everything asked of him at the combine–and do it all well–it was Te’o. Instead, he’s still getting over a stinger six weeks after his last game? Too many red flags.

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