Live from Indy: Bucs won't get look at Dorsey

Glenn Dorsey (Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers were hoping to get a look at LSU DT Glenn Dorsey this weekend in Indianapolis. They'll have to wait, along with the rest of the NFL. Dorsey won't work out in Indy and now there are concerns about a lingering knee injury, according to a NFL team doctor.

INDIANAPOLIS -- An NFL team doctor told NFLDraftScout.com that there are serious concerns over the lingering effects of a 2006 stress fracture in the right tibia of Louisiana State's highly-rated defensive tackle Glenn Dorsey.

Dorsey, generally considered a top five prospect in the NFL Draft, underwent a physical Saturday at the Scouting Combine, and was subsequently sent to the hospital for additional tests.

Dorsey elected not to work out at the Combine, explaining he stopped preparing for the Combine because of the death of his grandmother.

However, there are still issues with the tibia that has raised red flags among NFL teams. The team doctor told NFLDraftScout.com the stress fracture is in an area of the tibia that is difficult to heal.

Dorsey played most of the 2006 season at LSU with the injury, and took painkillers before every game. He wore a bone stimulator for up to 18 hours per day until he was cleared to practice in the spring of 2007.

Before that, Dorsey considered entering the 2007 NFL Draft, but told ESPN college football reporter Joe Schad, "I have a few injuries that I believe would have hindered me in the draft. I have a leg injury that I really want to get healed up, so I'm coming back so we have a chance to win the SEC and maybe even a national championship."

LSU did win the national championship, while Dorsey played the season with several injuries. He was limited in preseason drills because of a sore hamstring, then suffered a sprained right knee against Auburn on Oct. 20, and missed most of the second half of that game.

He played the following game against Alabama wearing a large brace on his knee, and briefly left the game when he re-injured the knee. Dorsey missed most of the Tigers' Nov. 17 game against Mississippi because of a sore lower back. The combination of injuries limited his participation in practice for the final six games of the season.

Dorsey had four of his seven sacks prior to the Auburn game, and one of his final three was against Louisiana Tech.

Howard Balzer is a Senior Writer for NFLDraftScout.com, published by The Sports Xchange.

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