NFL Media analyst Daniel Jeremiah reported that Notre Dame Fighting Irish defensive end Stephon Tuitt was not medically cleared participate in Monday's NFL Scouting Combine due to a minor fracture in his left foot.
Tuitt was present at the combine where a scan was administered on his left foot. The scan revealed a Jones fracture in Tuitt's left foot. A Jones fracture occurs at the diaphysis of the fifth metatarsal of the foot, which is located at the base of the small toe.
Tuitt will likely undergo surgery for the Jones fracture some time next week. The expected timetable for a full recovery from Jones fracture surgery is six to eight weeks. Because Tuitt missed the opportunity to perform for NFL scouts at the combine, he may schedule a pro day prior to his surgery so he can showcase his skills.
Missing the combine and needing surgery is not the way any prospect wants to start off their NFL career. Nonetheless, Tuitt is the No. 2 defensive end in this year's draft behind South Carolina's Jadeveon Clowney, according to NFL Media's Bucky Brooks. Tuitt recorded 7.5 sacks in 2013 after a 12-sack sophomore season in 2012.