Originally written January 23, 2013 on Waiting For Next Year:
Fox Sports Ohio’s Zac Jackson is reporting tonight that former Ohio State DE John Simon’s shoulder is keeping him out of the Senior Bowl- “A shoulder injury forced John Simon out of the Senior Bowl, a source told FOXSportsOhio.com, and it will require a further inspection and an opinion from orthopedic surgeon Dr. James Andrews. Whether that visit has taken place or what, if anything, was found remains unclear. Simon participated in just one practice here this week before withdrawing from the game with that he said was a lingering injury from last season. He played hurt for his entire senior season at Ohio State, and still played well enough to earn Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year honors. A knee injury kept him out of the season finale vs. Michigan.” Simon was called “the heart of the Buckeyes” by Urban Meyer. He has been working as an OLB at the Senior Bowl as scouts have doubts about his ability to play the DE position Scouts Inc. lists him as the 16th ranked DE. CBS Sports has him listed as an OLB and projects him as a 2nd round draft pick. If he needs surgery to repair a damaged shoulder that projection will no doubt slip. [Related: Jarvis Jones' stock falling]
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