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Alabama at NFL Combine: Day 1

Former University of Alabama cornerback Dee Milliner will participate in everything except the bench press at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis, but then have surgery to repair a torn labrum in his right shoulder.

Former Alabama cornerback Dee Milliner will have shoulder surgery after the NFL Combine.

Milliner sustained the injury during last season, and will not participate in Alabama’s Pro Day on March 13.

"The doctors have informed us that he will be 100 percent and fully recovered in time for training camp in July," said Tony Fleming, one of Milliner's reps with Impact Sports told ESPN Thursday morning. "We will be providing all NFL clubs information prior to surgery and updates close to the draft."

With numerous teams needing cornerback help and Milliner rated by many as the only first-round quality talent he could be a top-five selection in the upcoming NFL Draft


D.J. Fluker: Reportedly weighed in at 339 pounds, after being at 355 at the Senior Bowl.
Barrett Jones: Will not participate in any physical testing after having foot surgery.
Chance Warmack: Was 6-2, 317 pounds, with 34 6/8 inch arms.

Jones meets the media

Jones took his turn with reporters and said that most teams are talking to him about playing center, which is fine by him.

“I’ll play anywhere,” he said.

Jones is six weeks into a four-month recovery from having foot surgery to repair a Lisfranc injury.

“When you play in the SEC you get beat up,” he said, adding that the late finish to the season only added to so many Alabama players being unable to participate in combine drills due to injuries.

Although there were reports that the New York Giants are looking strongly at Jones, center appears to be an even stronger need for Atlanta, Baltimore, Chicago, Indianapolis, New England and Washington.

When aked about maybe playing for the Packers, Jones said: “I’d love to play Green Bay, I’ll play for whomever drafts you, but that would be special being part of that tradition.


Other Alabama players

Quinton Dial: Will not participate in combine drills after having toe/foot surgery.
Nico Johnson: Sidelined following sports hernia surgery.
Eddie Lacy: Will not run drills at the combine due to a hamstring injury.
Robert Lester
Damion Square: Is coming off arthroscopic knee surgery.
Jesse Williams: Is coming off arthroscopic knee surgery.

Quote of the day

North Carolina guard Jonathan Cooper to reporters about Warmack: "I'm glad I got to finally see him in person and see that he's actually human."

Combine schedule

The combine started Wednesday:

It's done by positions, and each group goes through the same process:

Day 1: Travel to Indianapolis; Registration; Hospital pre-exam & X-rays; Orientation; Interviews 

Day 2: Measurements; Medical examinations; Media; Interviews 

Day 3: NFLPA meeting; Psychological testing; PK/ST workout; Bench press; Interviews 

Day 4: On-field workout (timing, stations, skill drills); Departure from Indianapolis

The NFL Network will have live coverage of all the on-field workouts beginning Saturday, 8 a.m. each day.

Saturday: Tight ends, offensive linemen, special teams 

Sunday: Quarterbacks, running backs, wide receivers
Monday: Defensive linemen, linebackers 
Tuesday: Defensive backs

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