One of the big name players in the 2009 NFL Draft suffered a rather big injury, as Texas Tech WR Michael Crabtree has been diagnosed with a stress fracture in his left foot. The injury was announced on Saturday as the league continued forward with the 2009 NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis.
“It’s not a career-ending injury or anything like that,” Bears coach Lovie Smith said. “He’s a good football player, and he’s got plenty of time to get well.” Crabtree, who is expected to be one of the top picks of the April 25th draft, will need surgery to insert a screw and might face a recovery of 10 or more weeks.
“It’s just part of the process. You can’t worry about it, that is just the way it is,” Kansas City Chiefs general manager Scott Pioli said. “This is unfortunate for him. The combine is great, but you watch tape and watch players perform on tape. That’s really the top evaluation.”
Crabtree is a stud, winning the Biletnikoff Award as the nation’s top receiver each of the two years he played for the Red Raiders and became the first repeat winner since it was established in 1994. He also earned All-America honors the past two seasons. As a freshman, Crabtree caught 134 passes for 1,962 yards and 22 TDs—all national bests and NCAA freshman records.
Last season, he caught another 97 passes for 1,165 yards and 19 touchdowns despite being slowed by a ankle injury.