MOBILE, Ala. — 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 said this week that the knee was healed, and he came here to play linebacker after mostly playing defensive end at Ohio State. At 6’2, 256, he project as a 3-4 outside linebacker in the NFL. Simon had 20.5 sacks in his college career, including nine last season and four in his final game at Wisconsin.
Dr. Andrews is based in Birmingham, Ala. Simon has been preparing for the draft in Columbus, Ohio. He’ll be subject to thorough medical exams from all 32 NFL teams at next month’s NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis.