University of Alabama cornerback Dee Milliner, a candidate to be drafted by the Browns sixth overall on Thursday, might not be ready for training camp because of offseason shoulder surgery, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported.
In February at the NFL Scouting Combine, Milliner said he suffered a torn labrum in his right shoulder Nov. 10 against Texas A&M and would have it surgically repaired March 12. Milliner said it would take him “probably two months” to rehabilitate.
However, Milliner told the Inquirer the pre-draft process might have interfered with his recovery time. Milliner has visited several teams, including the Browns.
“We haven't been able to do the rehab like I want to because I've been going to different teams,” Milliner said. “But once the draft is over, I'll be able to start to rehab it and try to get back on track.”
Sports Illustrated’s Peter King wrote the following in his most recent Monday Morning Quarterback column: “I am starting to hear teams have injury concerns about Milliner's shoulder.”
ESPN's Adam Schefter reported Milliner's medical history includes a total of five surgeries: right knee scope, sports hernia, right tibia stress fracture, left shoulder and right shoulder.
Browns CEO Joe Banner was asked last week during a pre-draft news conference whether the organization would draft a prospect coming off surgery for a torn labrum. Oregon outside linebacker/defensive end Dion Jordan had surgery for the same type of injury in February.
“As long as the doctors tell us it’s going to be fine, it won’t be a factor,” Banner said