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    Bad News for Claussen

    Clausen will throw for scouts in April


    By Tom Friend
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    Jimmy Claussen played his final 10 games at Notre Dame with torn ligaments in his right big toe and has told ESPN.com that he will will undergo surgery Tuesday morning. He is expected to be sidelined for two to three months, but intends to throw for pro scouts in early April. The operation will be performed by renowned foot specialist Mark Myerson in Baltimore. "It's a testament to him that he played with this type of injury,'' Myerson said Monday. "How he managed is beyond me. I can only imagine what he'll be like when he's fixed.'' Clausen injured the foot against Michigan State on Sept. 19 when he was blitzed by Spartan linebacker Eric Gordon and ducked down on one knee. When Gordon then hit him, Clausen's toe was bent back at an awkward angle. "I heard a pop,'' Clausen said. "I thought I broke it.'' At the time, Clausen had completed 50 of his first 70 passes on the season (71.4 percent), and he managed to finish the Michigan State game, going 22-of-31 for 300 yards in the 33-30 Irish victory. The injury was diagnosed as turf toe, and Clausen missed a portion of the next game against Purdue. But he asked back into the game in the fourth quarter and tossed the game-winning touchdown pass to Kyle Rudolph with 24 seconds left. In the weeks that followed, head coach Charlie Weis would only let Clausen throw full speed on Thursdays, due to the lingering pain. By season's end, Clausen had finished second in the nation in passing efficiency with 28 touchdowns, only four interceptions and a 68.0 completion percentage. Clausen hoped the pain was behind him when he resumed workouts in late December, but while throwing a deep pass to former Illinois receiver Arrelious Benn, the quarterback felt more aches. His agent, Gary Wichard, suggested he undergo an MRI, and the results revealed two torn ligaments in his right big toe -- the foot he plants with when he throws. Dr. David Thordarson of the USC Medical Center suggested surgery to re-attach the ligaments, and when Clausen flew to Baltimore for a second opinion, Myerson agreed. Although Clausen will be rehabbing during the upcoming NFL combine, one league executive claimed the injury makes Clausen even more appealing now. "This will help him,'' the executive says. "The fact that he played through that just shows his toughness and love [for] the game, and more importantly, his commitment to his teammates.'' St. Louis and Washington -- two teams picking in the top 4 -- are known to be interested in Clausen. The draft will be held April 22-24. Tom Friend is a senior writer for ESPN.com and ESPN The Magazine.


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    Re: Bad News for Claussen

    Bad news for clausen? Or good news for us? He might fall to the second round with an injury like that. Also it takes alot of toughness to play with an injury like that, My respect for him just shot up.

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    Re: Bad News for Claussen

    Quote Originally Posted by 01d 0rd3r View Post
    Bad news for clausen? Or good news for us? He might fall to the second round with an injury like that. Also it takes alot of toughness to play with an injury like that, My respect for him just shot up.
    Cool we get King Kong Suh and Santa Clausen
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    Re: Bad News for Claussen

    Major Bummer, I thought with a good offseason he could make a serious push for the number one spot. Shows his toughness and his passion for the game, its sucks that he wont have the opportunity to put that on full display with the opportunity to be a first overall.

    In that 2 to 3 months I think Suh will just smash all opposition, especially without Claussen be able to put back a fight. Is throwing in April going to be enough I don't know probably not. Claussen is still the my top trade back option, regardless in what would be an ideal scenario.

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    Re: Bad News for Claussen

    Quote Originally Posted by 01d 0rd3r View Post
    Bad news for clausen? Or good news for us? He might fall to the second round with an injury like that. Also it takes alot of toughness to play with an injury like that, My respect for him just shot up.
    He definately wont fall to the second. He is only out 2 to 3 months. He will be good to go for rookie camp and the scouts still have the film. IMO still the top QB in this class. Second round no, but being available in a trade up is a little more likely.

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    Re: Bad News for Claussen

    I really don't think this is a huge issue for him, but it's disappointing that neither of the top two quarterbacks will be throwing at this year's combine, where they'd have to throw to guys they aren't in sync with and be measured against other passers.

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    Re: Bad News for Claussen

    Keep in mind, Crabtree missing the combine dropped him out of the top 5. He was a sure-fire top 5 pick after the season with stellar college numbers. However, after not seeing his speed, etc. at the scouting combine he slipped out of the top 5. (I know Al Davis was insane and picked DHB over Crabtree)
    Scouts weigh heavily on the combine, and I think it's growing closer unless Suh gets injured or the Rams get offered an irresistible trade, that Suh will be a Ram next season.

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    Re: Bad News for Claussen

    Quote Originally Posted by THOLTFAN81 View Post
    Keep in mind, Crabtree missing the combine dropped him out of the top 5. He was a sure-fire top 5 pick after the season with stellar college numbers. However, after not seeing his speed, etc. at the scouting combine he slipped out of the top 5. (I know Al Davis was insane and picked DHB over Crabtree)
    Scouts weigh heavily on the combine, and I think it's growing closer unless Suh gets injured or the Rams get offered an irresistible trade, that Suh will be a Ram next season.
    It's a bit more important for a receiver to run at the combine in all of those tests than a quarterback though, wouldn't you say?

    Matthew Stafford, Matt Ryan, and JaMarcus Russell are all quarterbacks who elected not to throw at the Combine and still went in the top three, two of them being selected first overall. I just don't see Clausen's toe injury and his inability to participate at the Combine as being a big factor for teams, especially if he comes back in April and throws.

    That being said, I do think you bring up a good point that, with both QBs on the sidelines, it gives Suh a perfect opportunity to keep his momentum going with some good workouts that allow him to stay fresh in the Rams' memory.

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