Oregon State defensive tackle Stephen Paea was not on the field Tuesday morning for the North Team's practice at the Senior Bowl.
ESPN's Chris Mortensen reported that Paea was sidelined because he was undergoing an MRI on his knee for a possible torn lateral meniscus. I've since confirmed with multiple sources at the South practice this afternoon that this, is indeed, the case.
The news is surprising as Paea walked off the field yesterday with no apparent injury. I interviewed him, in fact, congratulating him on a solid first day of practice. He was all smiles at the time and spoke of looking forward to "building on his first day."
Paea, 6-1 and 295 pounds, has been one of the most dominant defensive linemen in the country the past two seasons. He won the Morris Trophy after each of the past two seasons as the most dominant defensive lineman in the Pac-10. The Morris Trophy is a unique award, as its only voters are opposing Pac-10 linemen.
Paea is NFLDraftScout.com's top rated senior defensive tackle and a possible first round pick. His injury obviously puts this status in jeopardy.