Commentary

Crabtree's decision makes sense

Originally Published: February 20, 2009
By Todd McShay | Scouts Inc.

INDIANAPOLIS -- The 2009 National Invitational Combine swung into full gear on Saturday as scouts broke out their stopwatches and whistles. The offensive linemen and tight ends were put through the paces on the field while the quarterbacks, receivers and running backs were measured and some hit the benches. Unfortunately, though, two off-field events dominated today's headlines.

Doctors discovered a slight stress fracture in the left foot of Texas Tech WR Michael Crabtree during medical tests, and the injury will require surgery that includes inserting a screw into the foot. Recovery time is expected to last anywhere from six to 10 weeks.

It was initially thought that Crabtree would undergo surgery as soon as possible, thus preventing him from working out for NFL scouts. But apparently that's not an acceptable solution for the ultra-competitive Crabtree. After consulting with doctors and his support system, Crabtree has decided to delay the surgery until after March 26, the scheduled date of Texas Tech's pro day. The two-time Biletnikoff Award winner as the nation's best wide receiver plans on running the 40-yard dash and executing as much of his individual workout as possible that day in Lubbock.

As long as Crabtree has been assured by doctors that he is not endangering himself in the long-term by executing his plan, it actually makes a lot of sense. Crabtree was never expected to post a blazing 40-yard dash time in the 4.4-second range, and now he has a built-in excuse no matter how well or how poorly he runs next month. Plus, if he does not suffer any further setbacks in dealing with the injury Crabtree will be fully healthy in time for most of the mini-camp sessions leading up to his rookie training camp.