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OSU DT Paea has MRI, possible torn meniscus

Posted on: January 25, 2011 6:25 pm
Edited on: January 25, 2011 6:26 pm
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's top rated senior defensive tackle and a possible first round pick. His injury obviously puts this status in jeopardy.


Since: Dec 22, 2010
Posted on: January 25, 2011 7:56 pm

OSU DT Paea has MRI, possible torn meniscus

That is awful.  I feel like random practice injuries always happen this time of year.  Hopefully it doesn't hurt his draft stock too badly.  I seem to remember hearing about people recovering from a torn meniscus relatively quickly.  Maybe he'll be back in time for a Pro-Day before the draft.  If not the Eagles can always take him when he falls due to knee injury.

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