“It’s really a rough day for the players going through because they have, on the orthopedic side of things, they’ll get seen by 32 different physicians that day," Texans team orthopedist Dr. Walter Lowe said in an interview with Texans All Access. "Let’s say they had an ACL torn in college, you can be guaranteed that there will be 32 people yank on that knee that day to see how stable it is and see how it looks and so it can be a very frustrating and trying day for the players."
Dr. Lowe estimates the Texans will likely perform approximately 500 MRI studies, with some starting as early as 4 am for players. Each team performs its own medical evaluations by a group of physicians from different areas of expertise.
Of the 10 physicians, six represent different specialties and four are fellows in-training brought along to assist in the examinations. With many athletes like quarterbacks opting not to perform at the Combine and waiting until their respective Pro Days, Dr. Lowe feels that the medical examinations and interview are the most important pieces to come out of the NFL Combine.
“For me, I came in pretty healthy so it wasn’t too bad,”
The 2014 NFL Combine begins this week and runs from February 19-25. Check out HoustonTexans.com for all the latest coverage from Indianapolis.