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    Clausen will throw for scouts in April


    By Tom Friend
    ESPN.com


    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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    • #3
      Re: Bad News for Claussen

      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 :red:
      LA RAMMER

      It's Jim not Chris
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9HNgqQVHI_8

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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

          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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          • #6
            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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            • #7
              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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              • #8
                Re: Bad News for Claussen

                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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                • berg8309
                  Clausen's toe injury to linger through season
                  by berg8309
                  Jimmy Clausen returns to practice


                  Associated Press
                  CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Carolina Panthers backup quarterback Jimmy Clausen returned to practice Tuesday after missing a day with a sore right big toe, an ailment the former Notre Dame star expects to linger throughout his rookie season.

                  Clausen underwent surgery in January to replace two torn tendons after being injured early last season against Michigan State. Clausen said Tuesday the toe "feels good some days and sore other days" and it's especially painful after games.

                  He played the entire second half in Saturday's 9-3 loss to the New York Jets, completing 9 of 22 passes for 72 yards and an interception. Clausen appeared to be limping slightly after sitting out Monday's practice.

                  "As of right now, the doctor says it'll probably be after the season until I feel 100 percent," Clausen said. "I'm just going to have to play through some pain until the season is over. That's just the nature of football."

                  Clausen, who was injured on Sept. 19 in Notre Dame's third game last season, said he got through his junior season by taking pain injections. He still played in all 13 games, throwing 28 touchdown passes and four interceptions. His passer efficiency rating of 161.42 was the third-best in the country.

                  "To be honest, I didn't know it was as serious as it was until I was getting ready for the [NFL scouting] combine," Clausen said. "I just took shots in my toes and played through it."

                  Once considered a top 10 pick, Clausen's draft stock soon plummeted with questions about his attitude and leadership. The Panthers took him with the 48th overall pick.

                  If Matt Moore doesn't get injured or struggle, Clausen may get to rest his toe for most of the season. Clausen has moved past Hunter Cantwell for the No. 2 job, but Moore appears to still have a lock on the starting job despite Carolina's offensive woes in the preseason.

                  Neither Moore nor Clausen has been able to lead the Panthers to a touchdown in two exhibition games.

                  "I think they've improved each week," coach John Fox said. "I'm not as concerned about that as maybe some people on the outside."

                  Clausen, who said his toe "felt good" in practice on Tuesday, has completed 17 of 37 passes for 152 yards and two interceptions playing against two of the NFL's top defenses in the Jets and Baltimore Ravens.

                  "Wish I could have some throws back, especially the last one, the interception," Clausen said of Saturday's game. "It's real good, especially for a young guy like myself, to play against a defense like that. Seeing pressures each and every down, that's the best team to see pressure against. That's all they do, pretty much, them and Baltimore."
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                  -09-02-2010, 09:23 PM
                • shower beers
                  Clausen to enter draft
                  by shower beers
                  I'm sure this excites a lot of you here...


                  per ESPN:

                  Jimmy Clausen enrolled at Notre Dame to learn about the NFL. Looks like he's learned enough.
                  Following the advice of deposed Irish coach Charlie Weis, Clausen has decided to forgo his senior season and enter this April's draft. Rated as perhaps the top quarterback in this year's class, he is believed to be coveted by St. Louis, Cleveland and Washington -- three teams that will conceivably pick in the top 5.

                  Coach Weis told me whether he was going to be here or not be here, it was time for me to go. He thought I've improved so much since I came to Notre Dame. So, I'm taking his advice, and I'm going to head out.
                  -- Jimmy Clausen
                  "After the season, in talking to my parents and obviously Coach Weis, I just feel it's the right time,'' Clausen told ESPN.com on Monday before a scheduled 2 p.m. ET news conference in South Bend. "Coach Weis told me whether he was going to be here or not be here, it was time for me to go. He thought I've improved so much since I came to Notre Dame. So, I'm taking his advice, and I'm going to head out.''


                  The consensus No 1 high school recruit in the country three years ago, Clausen chose Notre Dame over USC solely because of Weis' NFL pedigree. Weis -- who tutored both Tom Brady and Drew Bledsoe in New England -- assured Clausen he would prepare him best for the pro game, and Clausen rewarded the coach with a spectacular junior season.


                  He completed 68 percent of his passes, and threw 28 touchdowns with only four interceptions -- three of which were tipped. Weis has told NFL scouts that Clausen "didn't miss a read all year," and particularly raved about his accuracy and personal growth.


                  As a freshman, coming off of elbow surgery, Clausen weighed only 190 pounds and played behind a porous offensive line. He was vilified during that year's 3-9 season, but bounced back as a sophomore to lead Notre Dame to its first bowl victory since 1994 (over Hawaii). In the offseason before his junior year, he invited several Irish receivers to his home in Westlake Village, Calif., and the bonding experience paid off. He was picked as a team captain, and ended up throwing 24 of his touchdowns to wide receivers Golden Tate and Michael Floyd.



                  The Irish slumped to a 6-6 finish, and Clausen was sucker-punched by a fan outside of a South Bend bar after a devastating overtime loss to Connecticut. But six days later, he threw for 340 yards and five touchdowns at Stanford, and his ability to persevere is why several general managers, who have requested anonymity, believe he is the most NFL-ready quarterback in this year's draft. They say he's already mastered an NFL offense, has already been subjected to a leaky offensive line and has already been part of a rebuilding process. They like that he played his entire college career...
                  -12-07-2009, 09:24 AM
                • shower beers
                  Jimmy Clausen the best NFL-ready junior quarterback in league history
                  by shower beers
                  ***DISCLAIMER: The following article is an article independent of shower_beers. The opinions expressed in this article are of another party, and in no way endorses this opinion as his own ***


                  Here's something juicy to hold everyone over until draft time.


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                  Posted Dec. 29, 2009

                  Junior Quarterbacks - Jimmy Clausen

                  I bet you never thought in the past month that Notre Dame junior quarterback Jimmy Clausen is one of the most underappreciated quarterback prospects in the history of the NFL Draft. But after reading this blog entry, you just might change your mind.

                  First, I am going to tell you why you might not like Clausen, and let's be real here, there is a lot of bias against him. Some criticism is warranted, but a lot isn't.

                  Notre Dame is the most hated football program in America, period. They are the Duke of the gridiron. Automatically, you hate Clausen because he went to Notre Dame, just like you hated J.J. Reddick because he went to Duke. If you want to make an analysis as objective and professional as possible, then you need to cut the crap and get over the Notre Dame hate if you have it - and a lot of that is out there. Think about it: if you put Sanchez on Notre Dame and Jimmy Clausen at USC, then Sanchez is the hated prospect and Clausen is the beloved underclassman.

                  Maybe you don't like Clausen because of the blond, spiky hair, or the limo appearance he had when he was a senior in high school to declare for Notre Dame. These aren't "low profile" characteristics and automatically, you might have disliked him.

                  For whatever reasons you're down on Clausen, please put them in the back seat and have an open mind when reading this blog entry.

                  Clausen just amassed one of the most impressive junior seasons among pro-style quarterbacks in the past 10-20 years.

                  Let's remember that Clausen had a very bad offensive line this year for Notre Dame. Sure, he had good weapons, but the running game was poor and receivers Michael Floyd and Kyle Rudolph missed significant action (eight games missed total between them).

                  When Floyd went out, Clausen stepped up. With a bum turf toe, he didn't play at all in the second half and led the team to a game-winning drive to beat Purdue. The following week, he posted 422 passing yards against Washington. Over the next three games (USC, Boston College, Washinton State), Clausen threw for 774 yards, six touchdowns and zero interceptions....
                  -03-08-2010, 09:19 AM
                • AvengerRam_old
                  The more Jimmy Clausen film I watch...
                  by AvengerRam_old
                  ... the more impressed I am with Golden Tate.

                  Its almost shocking how often Clausen heaved the ball from his back foot only to be bailed out by Tate. Those kind of throws won't work in the NFL on a consistent basis.

                  If the Rams took Suh in the first round and Clausen somehow fell to #33, I would consider taking a shot on him. Otherwise... not interested.
                  -03-16-2010, 11:51 AM
                • Varg6
                  Real Speculation Begins on Clausen...
                  by Varg6
                  Per ESPN.com *Rumor Central*

                  For over a week, we've been speculating on which NFL team would draft Notre Dame QB Jimmy Clausen if he went pro. Take the "if" out of that equation now, because ESPN.com's Joe Schad is reporting that Clausen will declare for the draft. So was he pushed in that direction by some unruly fans? We got word from ESPN.com's Joe Schad on Tuesday that Clausen was decked in the face by a surly Notre Dame fan on Sunday morning. It certainly didn't help keep him in school.

                  Clausen is one of the more intriguing names on Mel Kiper Jr.'s Big Board, and some analysts think he could be the first QB drafted this April.

                  Here was Kiper last week on the teams that might be interested in the gunslinger:

                  Mel's take-

                  "Leaving all the coaching chatter aside, which could obviously affect his decision, Clausen could certainly be the top quarterback taken. I think he's certainly capable of going in the top 10 or 12, and remember, St. Louis might want a quarterback, Washington might want a quarterback, we're not sure if Oakland will draft one, but they're another team with a problem at the position. The struggles at Notre Dame you can't put on Clausen. He's been battered, particularly early on. But he can play the position and personnel people know it. Comparing him and [UW's Jake] Locker, for instance, Clausen is far more refined at this stage."

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                  The reason I posted this was because of that one sentence in Mel's quote about personnel people. It'll certainly be interesting to see what we do in the upcoming draft.
                  -11-26-2009, 10:44 AM
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