Former Florida Gators linebacker Antonio Morrison missed the NFL Combine due to an infection. He has since cleared all his medical tests in the lead up to the NFL Draft.
Former Florida linebacker Antonio Morrison was a no-show at the NFL Combine back in February, and the reason had been somewhat of a mystery.
Per a Tweet by NFL.com Ian Rapoprt, Morrison missed the combine due to an infection, went on antibiotics for six weeks, and has recently been cleared after a full medical evaluation.
#Florida LB Antonio Morrison, who missed the combine with an infection, had 6 weeks of antibiotics. Cleared at rechecks after a full medical
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) April 25, 2016
Despite the infection, Morrison did participate in Florida’s Pro Day, where he impressed scouts with his willingness to compete.
“I just wanted to show guys I’m healthy, that I can do everything you all want me to do.” Morrison told FloridaGators.com after pro day. “That was a huge question. I’m a competitor and I’m going to go out and I’m going to do it.”
Morrison had a successful career in Gainesville despite a left knee injury in the 2015 Birmingham Bowl against East Carolina. After rehabbing for just six months, he returned for his senior season, where he recorded 96 total tackles, 2.5 sacks, and 11 tackles for a loss. Morrison finished with 287 tackles, 20 for loss, and 4.5 sacks during his career with the Gators.
While the question of why he didn’t appear at the combine has now been answered, teams may worry about the multiple surgeries Morrison underwent to repair the left knee. He will likely be a third-day pick in the upcoming NFL Draft.