Thumb Injury Hampers Randle At Combine
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Posted Feb 25, 2013

The performance of former Oklahoma State running back Joseph Randle at the NFL Scouting Combine may be much better than it appears on the surface. The former Cowboy was sporting what looked like a brace or a small cast on his right hand when running the forty while attempting to improve his draft prospectus with NFL administrators, coaches and scouts.

Randle's two identical times of 4.63 in the forty weren't awesome by any means. They put him in the middle of the pack of running backs.

He also did not participate in the bench press, a curiosity as he would figure to do really well there coming out of Rob Glass's program at OSU.

Randle, who measured 6-0 and 204 pounds, did place fifth among the running backs with a broad jump of 10 feet, 3 inches. He also was seventh in the vertical jump with 35 inches. Both those show good lower body strength and explosion.

Blessed with really good hands and the ability to catch the ball, a huge curiosity was that Randle did not do the pass catching drills at the Combine.

Now we learn that Randle had surgery on his right thumb after the bowl game. It turns out that he hurt the thumb before the bowl, played through it against Purdue and then had the corrective surgery on it afterwards.

All of that added up, that he played with the injury in the bowl game, that he came to the Combine and worked out in several areas and did the interviews and will, no doubt, lift and do the other drills and catch passes later, either on the OSU Pro Day on March 12 or a workout schedule later should help him with the NFL folks.

He showed toughness by playing in the bowl game, he went to work out at least some at the Combine, and he will answer the other questions later.

It helps knowing the whole story.

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