Senior Bowl Blog – Chapter 2

From Mobile, Alabama

It’s football and that means injuries and there was a big one in the last 24 hours here at the Senior Bowl.

Oregon State DT Stephen Paea will undergo surgery on Thursday for a torn meniscus in his right knee. He suffered the injury during Monday afternoon’s practice and was diagnosed on Tuesday after an MRI and conversations with doctors.

Paea was considered one of the top interior defensive line prospects in the 2011 NFL Draft.

Injuries on the North team led to the addition of WR Dane Sanzenbacher (Ohio State) and CB Richard Sherman (Stanford). They were on the field for practice on Tuesday …

Not working in the Tuesday practice was South WR Edmond Gates out of Abilene Christian …

One of the best sights of the week so far came after the Tuesday morning practice where LB Casey Matthews (Oregon) stood at mid-field talking with his father, former NFL LB Clay Matthews, Sr., and his uncle, former NFL blocker and Hall of Famer Bruce Matthews …

Checking out practice was Chiefs DE Wallace Gilberry, who played in the Senior Bowl in 2008 and is an Alabama native. “It looks fun just watching, but there’s a lot of stress out there,” Gilberry said. “You’ve got the whole world watching you. Every mistake is magnified times 10.” Gilberry said he and his agent are in active negotiations with the Chiefs on a new contract. “I fell in love with the place, fell in love with my teammates, so it’s like a family now,” Gilberry told the assembled media. “One thing about family, it’s hard to just walk away from them.” …

Players in Saturday’s game will be wearing the initials “E.D.” on their helmets to honor Dr. Ed Dyas, a Mobile native who passed away earlier this week after a long battle with stomach cancer. Dyas finished fourth in Heisman Trophy balloting in 1960 thanks to an All-America career as a fullback and linebacker at Auburn. He then went to medical school and served the folks in the Mobile area, and was also actively involved in the Senior Bowl game …

LSU CB Patrick Peterson showed up in Mobile on Tuesday and held a workout for scouts and coaches in the morning, and then met with several teams during the day. As an underclassman, Peterson is not part of the official Senior Bowl scene. But he’s intent on placing himself in the eye of the decision makers. He was supposed to meet with the Carolina Panthers on Tuesday evening, the team holding the first selection in the 2011 NFL Draft. Peterson said he’s also met with Houston, Miami, Denver, Washington, New Orleans and San Francisco…

Faces in the crowd – Chiefs secondary coach Emmitt Thomas was watching the North secondary very closely in the morning session … former Chiefs GM Jim Schaaf was taking in the afternoon session … NFL head coaches Tony Sparano of Miami, Steve Spagnuolo of St. Louis and Pete Carroll of Seattle were visible at the stadium on Tuesday.

3 Responses to “Senior Bowl Blog – Chapter 2”

  • January 25, 2011  - harvey says:

    Next we will see the press and some former NFL player going after Paea because he shows he does not realize how important this game is to his draft position and chooses surgery over playing.

  • January 26, 2011  - el cid says:

    Actually during the draft he may be available at a lower number because team might not want to take the chance. I am reminded of Bo Jackson and the Royals/raiders.

  • January 26, 2011  - Nate says:

    Bob,what is Jim Schaaf doing these days? Is he employed in any way by an nfl team? Just curious.

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