Just a few days after a report surfaced regarding a diluted sample for LSU quarterback Zach Mettenberger at the 2014 NFL Scouting Combine, a report has come to light that states there are teams around the league who have red-flagged the quarterback’s back because of a condition called Spondylolysis.
The condition is a stress fracture of the vertebrae that can lead to bigger issues, but Mettenberger’s back is currently being treated without surgery and his trainer, Jack Marucci, says it should not be a concern.
“Did it flare up in his career? Yes. We would treat it and he’d be fine,” Marucci said. “It wasn’t something we thought was a chronic disc or something. He doesn’t need surgery. There’s no surgery for it. He’s worked with our doctors. This shouldn’t be a big deal as long as you treat it, we did some core stabilization. His senior year, we didn’t even talk about it.”
Mettenberger has been working to improve his mechanics that will take less of a toll on his back, so the hope is that Mettenberger will never need surgery to correct the issue.
Regardless of whether or not Mettenberger needs surgery, teams will need to look long and hard into the quarterback who relies heavily on his big arm to find success in the passing game.
When the draft begins on Thursday, we will find out just how big of a concern Mettenberger’s back has turned out to be.