Former Washington tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins had foot surgery Friday in North Carolina to repair a stress fracture, according to a source. He’s looking at an eight-week recovery period, which would cause him to miss Washington’s Pro Day on April 2. Rob Rang of NFLDraftScout.com was the first to report the surgery.
Seferian-Jenkins was set to participate in multiple drills at the NFL combine in Indianapolis last week before the stress fracture was discovered there during his medical examination.
As a result, Seferian-Jenkins did not run the 40-yard dash because of what he described as a “foot” injury. The News Tribune was able to confirm last Saturday that Seferian-Jenkins had a stress fracture and was looking at a six- to eight-week recovery period.
Despite a down year statistically, Seferian-Jenkins won the John Mackey Award, which goes to the NCAA’s top tight end. At the combine, he admitted to being 20 pounds overweight during his junior season with the Huskies. He said he had shed that weight during preparation for the combine.
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Most project Seferian-Jenkins as the No. 2 tight end in this year’s draft class behind North Carolina’s Eric Ebron.
If Seferian-Jenkins needs a full eight weeks to recover, he will be pushing right up against the draft, which starts May 8. The main concern for scouts was his speed, something he might not have an opportunity to show before the draft.