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Orthopaedic surgeon gives offers letter of support for those questioning Jerry Jeudy’s knee

Jerry Jeudy had knee surgery two years ago, and it sounds like some teams are bringing up the issue in advance of the 2020 NFL Draft. We break down what to make of the injury and its potential impact.

Alabama Crimson Tide wide receiver Jerry Jeudy walks off the field after finishing his workout during the 2020 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Alabama wide receiver Jerry Jeudy is expected to be one of the first two or three receivers off the board when the first round of the 2020 NFL Draft gets underway on Thursday. Although he does not have quite the size people would like, he has aced just about every other pre-draft assessment.

One issue that some teams have reportedly brought up is his left knee. Jeudy suffered a meniscus tear in the spring of 2018 and had arthroscopic surgery in April of that year. Two teams expressed concern at the Combine about the knee, according to NFL Network reporter Ian Rapoport. However, orthopaedic surgeon Dr. Lyle Cain sent a letter to all 32 teams offering a positive review of Jeudy’s knee and his potential NFL career. You can read the letter below.

While teams will nit-pick everything about a prospect, it is also possible teams want to push a prospect to them. They might raise an issue about a past injury or some specific flaw that might influence a team higher in the draft to skip on the player. We’ll never know for sure who is behind a lot of this, but it’s something to keep in mind as we hear about reasons to question a given prospect.