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Dee Milliner may not be ready for start of camp

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Cornerback Dee Milliner said that a late March recheck of his surgically repaired shoulder went “very well,” but the injury may still impact his readiness for training camp this summer.

Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports that Milliner may not be ready for the start of camp after having an operation to fix a torn labrum. If that winds up being true, Milliner’s busy schedule of meetings with teams ahead of the draft may be part of the reason for the delayed start to his NFL career.

“We haven’t been able to do the rehab like I want to because I’ve been going to different teams,” Milliner said. “But once the draft is over, I’ll be able to start to rehab it and try to get back on track.”

The Alabama product was installed as the draft’s top cornerback early in the process, but his perch on the top got a little shakier when Mike Mayock of the NFL Network ranked D.J. Hayden of Houston ahead of him in his final list of prospects. In his Monday Morning Quarterback column this week, Peter King also mentions hearing of teams starting to have some doubts about Milliner related to his shoulder.

This is a time for disinformation and misdirection, so one must take everything with a grain of salt until we see whether or not these whispers add up to a draft day drop for Milliner.

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9 Responses to “Dee Milliner may not be ready for start of camp”
  1. lbcoach34 says: Apr 22, 2013 9:39 AM

    DJ Hayden is likley the 4th best CB available this year. 1. Milliner 2. Rhodes, 3/4. Banks or Hayden depending on the coverage scheme employed

  2. jjb0811 says: Apr 22, 2013 9:46 AM

    Really? An injury to a football player is going to keep him from being drafted? Milliner is a top talent in the crucial position, he’ll be gone by the 10th pick.

  3. eaglesince86 says: Apr 22, 2013 9:49 AM

    so much for being the 4th overall…Dion Jordan welcome!!

  4. broncostevenp says: Apr 22, 2013 9:53 AM

    LOL…anyone remember shoulder issues on a guy by the name of Adrian Peterson? He fell all the way to Vikings at 7? Getting passed over for the likes of Gaines Adams? Pass on Milliner, and you deserve to get what you have coming to you.

  5. thestrategyexpert says: Apr 22, 2013 10:53 AM

    AP didn’t get passed over for his injury, he got passed over due to bad scouting. I knew about the injury too and I still anointed him the best RB prospect in the draft since Barry Sanders. He was the last guy in that draft that I would have moved down on account of an injury issue. I followed him closely in college and he was a proven solid competitor and absolutely bust proof.

  6. audioflint says: Apr 22, 2013 11:17 AM

    Unless the Lions have totally fallen in love with a guy at #5, I hope that they trade down (if possible), since it appears that a solid team need player will still be available in the top 12-15 picks. Adding another 2nd or 3rd round pick in a “deep” defensive draft would only help them in the long run.

  7. topwonk says: Apr 22, 2013 12:09 PM

    Tampa Bay just gave up the 13th pick in the draft and agreed to a six year, ninety-six million dollar contract for a guy coming off major knee surgery, based on his talent level, playing history, and modern medical science. Last time I checked, a CB’s knees were a little more important in terms of covering people than his shoulders. This injury will not cause Milliner to drop much, if at all…

  8. phillyphannn83 says: Apr 22, 2013 2:06 PM

    thestrategyexpert April 22, 2013, 10:53 AM EDT

    AP didn’t get passed over for his injury, he got passed over due to bad scouting. I knew about the injury too and I still anointed him the best RB prospect in the draft since Barry Sanders. He was the last guy in that draft that I would have moved down on account of an injury issue. I followed him closely in college and he was a proven solid competitor and absolutely bust proof.
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    And who are you again? Which draft room were you in giving advice to an NFL team? Oh that’s right, you’re nobody just like the rest of us. His comment was specifically aimed at those who make draft picks, not the rest of us.

  9. dryble says: Apr 22, 2013 10:53 PM

    Lions might be a little gunshy about drafting a CB with an injury concern after having 13 different starting lineups in the secondary last year due to injury.

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