Over the course of two prolific seasons, Alabama’s Reuben Foster made himself a can’t miss prospect, an All-SEC, All-American, Butkus Award-winning linebacker with an enviable blend of speed and power. He was projected, without question, as a first-round draft pick.
Two months ago, however, it was reporter that Foster underwent rotator cuff surgery, which kept him from participating in the NFL combine. Regardless, he remained projected as a mid-first round draft pick, possibly to the Eagles or Cardinals.
But on Monday afternoon, it was reported that a medical re-check found that Foster’s rotator cuff has not yet healed.
Reuben Foster's rotator cuff isn't healed per Combine Recheck. If it doesn't heal, he could be forced into another surgery a la Shaq Lawson.
— Shane Alexander (@Alexander1Great) April 17, 2017
Foster’s agent, Malki Kawa, disputed the report, claiming that Foster will be ready for training camp.
Real info from combine recheck: @ferrarifoster is ahead of schedule. Will be ready for training camp.
— malki kawa (@malkikawa) April 18, 2017
As a senior, Foster finished with 115 tackles and five sacks. Whether his shoulder is healed or not, or if he will be ready for training camp or not, he remains projected as a first-round draft pick.