Clare Farnsworth, of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, reports University of Oregon running back Jonathan Stewart (toe) underwent surgery Wednesday, March 12, on his big toe and could miss up to four to six months.
KFFL's contributing medical expert, Dr. Alan Knopf, said Stewart should be able to start working out in about six weeks, and depending on how his rehabilitation goes, should be able to be at full strength in about three months. If he hits bumps in the road during the rehabilitation process then Stewart may miss up to six months. He should be back and ready for the 2008 NFL regular season opener.
Typically an injury like this would cause a prospect's stock to fall drastically. However, Stewart suffered the injury in November 2007, managing to deal with the injury and still play football. Stewart, an underclassmen leaving school early for the 2008 NFL Draft, could have stayed at the University of Oregon for his senior year if he thought the injury was going to limit him or possibly effect his draft status. Stewart should still be taken in the first round of the draft.
In his last two games of his collegiate career, playing with the toe injury, Stewart posted 416 yards and one touchdown on 62 carries, including a 23-carry, 253-yard, one-touchdown performance against South Florida in the Sun Bowl.
Stewart, playing through the injury, posted impressive numbers at the 2008 NFL Combine, also. He ran a 4.48 40-yard dash, completed 28 repetitions on the 225-pound bench press, a vertical jump of 36 1/2 inches and a 10-foot-3 broad jump. Stewart is 5-feet-10 1/2, 235 pounds, so when he makes cuts and transitions he is going to feel the pain. However, he managed to play through the injury in the last few games of his college career and should be able to bounce back nicely.
About Fraser Lovat
Fraser is a Hot off the Wire Analyst with KFFL and has been with the company since 2007.
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