Former Washington Huskies tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins had surgery on his foot on stabilize a stress fracture according to CBS Sports’ Rob Rang. and will be unable to compete in the Huskies Pro Day on April 2.
Seferian-Jenkins lost nearly 20 pounds in preparation for the recently-completed NFL combine and hoped to impress scouts with a 40-yard dash time in the 4.6 range, but moments before he was set to participate in the on-field workout he was pulled out after doctors discovered a pre-existing injury.
The recovery is expected to take eight weeks with the NFL draft 10 weeks away, Seferian-Jenkins will have limited opportunities to show teams in person what he is capable of running and undoubtedly his draft stock will tumble, perhaps into the third round.
Missing the pro day is a tough pill to swallow for the huge tight end who won’t have an opportunity to showcase himself for NFL teams, but having the operation now means he won’t have to worry about missing any time in mini camp or training camp later this year.
He had played with the sore foot all season long en route to winning the John Mackey Award as the nation’s most outstanding tight end in 2013 after a 36-reception season with 450 yards and eight touchdowns.
The numbers were actually disappointing for Seferian-Jenkins despite winning the award after he began the 2013 season as the No. 1 NFL draft prospect at tight end after the 6-5, 262-pounder put up 69 receptions for 852 yards and seven touchdowns.