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Dr. Andrews, Alabama doctor refute negative reports about Cyrus Kouandjio’s knee

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Alabama tackle Cyrus Kouandjio’s draft stock took hits during the combine when he performed poorly and it was reported that several teams had failed him on his physical because of knee problems.

According to Dr. James Andrews, who has examined Kouandjio, and Alabama team doctor Lyle Cain, teams don’t have to worry about things on the medical side. Andrews told Jason LaCanfora of CBSSports.com that he’s written a memo to all 32 teams telling them that the tackle has had no problems with his knee since tearing his ACL and MCL as a freshman.

“I wrote a letter to send to every team about his true medical history,” Andrews told CBSSports.com. “I’m trying to put out fires that aren’t even justified and to clear the record, I guess, is the best way to put it. It came out he had a failed ACL surgery — that’s not even close to the truth. His performance at the combine had nothing to do with his knee situation, and that was blown way out of proportion and that’s not fair to the kid.”

Cain echoed Andrews’ findings and said that Kouandjio has had “no swelling, no pain” in the knee. There’s “a little bit of cartilage wear,” which Cain said was common in NFL players and that teams would have no reason to fail the tackle on his physical.

The positive reports don’t do much to help Kouandjio explain his on-field work at the combine, but it could quiet some concerns about a player whose work in college had him mentioned as a first-round pick.

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8 Responses to “Dr. Andrews, Alabama doctor refute negative reports about Cyrus Kouandjio’s knee”
  1. reasonableeaglefan says: Mar 6, 2014 3:17 PM

    Translatation: I did my job. Don’t blame me if he doesn’t look good

  2. ireadpftforthecomments says: Mar 6, 2014 3:48 PM

    Serious question–what will athletes do when Dr. James Andrews retires and/or dies?

    I can’t think of a more respected voice for joint problems.

  3. kd75 says: Mar 6, 2014 3:49 PM

    So the knee is fine and its the player who stinks…

  4. jpiro says: Mar 6, 2014 3:57 PM

    Problem is weak triceps. Can’t push himself away from the buffet.

  5. bigrit75 says: Mar 6, 2014 4:01 PM

    He’s going to be a great pro. Go watch his two years of tape.

  6. thegreatgabbert says: Mar 6, 2014 4:07 PM

    Ha ha, now Cyrus will be “surging” on Dork Draft Boards across the land.

    “I went back and looked at the tape, and you know the guy is really underrated…I have to move him up on my list….”.

  7. palatypus says: Mar 6, 2014 5:30 PM

    Isn’t this the same Dr. James Andrews who cleared RGIII to RETURN to a playoff game against Seattle?

  8. bassplucker says: Mar 6, 2014 7:18 PM

    Bama fan here and this kid lost a lot of money at the combine. For his sake I hope he was hurt cause against the other top tier OTs he looked awful.

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