Oregon's Stewart could fall in draft following surgery

Durability issues have once again caught up with Oregon's Jonathan Stewart, who might fall out of the first round in April's NFL draft following turf toe surgery.

Originally Published: March 19, 2008
By Mel Kiper Jr. |
* Asterisk denotes underclassman

The one noticeable change on this week's Top 25 Big Board is the absence of Oregon running back Jonathan Stewart. Ranked No. 16 last week, Stewart dropped off the board because he had surgery on March 10 for a turf toe injury that's going to sideline him for four to six months. Stewart, who might not be ready for the start of training camp, should slip to the second round of next month's draft.

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Nelson Chenault/US PresswireOregon running back Jonathan Stewart might not be ready for training camp after surgery to correct a turf toe injury.

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