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Sources: Slay has torn meniscus

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When information regarding injuries to draft prospects emerges in the days before the draft, many assume that it’s news to the teams.  It isn’t.

Like perceived “risers” and “fallers,” news of injuries means only that the media has caught up with the franchises that will be making the picks.

In the case of Mississippi State cornerback Darius Slay, our Mike Wilkening caught wind on Tuesday of some chatter regarding Slay’s knee.  So we both worked the phones and, via multiple sources, learned that Slay is dealing with a torn meniscus in his knee.

Slay, who will attend the draft at Radio City Music Hall, reportedly pulled a muscle while running the short shuttle at his Pro Day workout on March 6, according to Gil Brandt of NFL.com.  Omar Kelly of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reported that Slay “hurt his knee/leg” during the session.

Efforts to reach Slay’s agents, Happy Walters and Eugene Parker, were unsuccessful.

Meniscus tears are fairly routine injuries for football players, and they are not regarded as serious.  Some require arthroscopic surgery to repair.  The bigger concern is that, as cartilage in the knee becomes compromised, the player is susceptible eventually to the chronic pain and other problems associated with missing cartilage, which cushions the various bones that make up the complex knee joint.

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6 Responses to “Sources: Slay has torn meniscus”
  1. thegronk87 says: Apr 24, 2013 8:09 AM

    Happy Walters is not so happy

  2. tdubdizzle says: Apr 24, 2013 8:50 AM

    I have torn my meniscus twice playing Rugby, although its easy to rehab and come back from usually.It can cause other parts of your body to overcompensate for a weak knee.I hope for this guys sake he has already started Physical therapy and is on his way back. Knee injuries are nothing to fool around with.

  3. jimr10 says: Apr 24, 2013 9:16 AM

    Sources have been very active today.

  4. cowboyhater says: Apr 24, 2013 9:52 AM

    Love to see one of these corners fall to #51 to the skins.

  5. officialgame says: Apr 24, 2013 10:20 AM

    I hate seeing that happen to theses kids right before the draft. They really work hard but in Slay’s case he shouldn’t drop to far down the board.

  6. skns2thend says: Apr 24, 2013 12:13 PM

    How do these kids do it??? At the most (probably 1 of the most) important time on their lives/of career! Does warm up and stretching not work anymore? I do agree, though, his draft rating shouldn’t drop due to this hiccup.
    HTTR

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