Austin Seferian-Jenkins Injury: Updates on Washington TE's Foot and Return

Joseph ZuckerFeatured ColumnistFebruary 22, 2014

TEMPE, AZ - OCTOBER 19:  Tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins #88 of the Washington Huskies walks on the field during the college football game against the Arizona State Sun Devils at Sun Devil Stadium on October 19, 2013 in Tempe, Arizona. The Sun Devils defeated the Huskies 53-24.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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Updates from Thursday, April 17

FOX Sports 1's Alex Marvez has an update on Seferian-Jenkins' status:

Updates from Friday, Feb. 28

CBS Sports' Rob Rang has an update on Seferian-Jenkins' foot:

Former University of Washington tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins underwent surgery in North Carolina Friday to stabilize a stress fracture in his left foot.

In an interview given to the NFL Network after the tight end workouts ended last Saturday, Seferian-Jenkins sounded understandably disappointed.

"Everything is good," he said. "I'm fine."

He acknowledged to the Seattle Times on Monday, however, that he was "glad they found it," and that now he'd "finally found out why my foot was hurting all year."

After a consultation with agents, Todd France and Brian Ayrault of Five Star Athlete Management and family, Seferian-Jenkins opted for surgery to repair the issue.

The expected recovery is approximately eight weeks, which makes it unlikely he'll be able to participate in Washington's Pro Day, April 2.

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This isn't the news that Austin Seferian-Jenkins wanted coming out of the NFL Scouting Combine. Todd Dybas of the Tacoma News Tribune reported that the former Washington tight end is looking at a six- to eight-week recovery period following a stress fracture in his foot:

Seferian-Jenkins projects to be one of the top tight ends to come off the board at the 2014 NFL draft. Bleacher Report's Matt Miller listed the Huskies star at No. 4 in his rankings:

What would happen if you took a smaller left tackle and gave them the agility of a wide receiver? You'd have a 280-pound receiving threat and true three-down player with incredible versatility both in terms of on-field use and in designing offensive formations and personnel packages.

That's what you get with Austin Seferian-Jenkins. At a listed 6'6" and 276 pounds, Seferian-Jenkins is a mismatch that few NFL defenders can deal with. He's too big and too powerful for a safety but too fast and powerful for most outside linebackers. How do you cover him? That's a good question.

The good news is that he has until May to get healthy and prove to scouts why he should be selected in the first or second round. Even with the worst-case scenario and he's out for eight weeks, he'll still have plenty of time.

This would appear to merely be a stumbling block for the player before he hits the NFL. But he will have to get back to 100 percent within a few months in order to solidify his draft stock.