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NFL Combine 2012 Day 2 Headlines: Trent Richardson out

Torey StroudContributor IFebruary 23, 2012

NFL Combine 2012 Day 2 Headlines: Trent Richardson out

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    As the quarterbacks, wideouts and running backs arrive today in Indianapolis, one of the NFL Scouting Combine's biggest names announced he will not be taking part in any on-field workouts.

    Rehabilitating from a minor knee surgery will keep Trent Richardson sidelined during Sunday's on-field workouts.

    NFL.com was among the first to break the story that Richardson sustained a knee injury prior to Alabama's BCS National Championship Game against LSU. Richardson added that he is very close to 100 percent and looks forward to working out at Alabama's Pro Day on March 7.

    No one can argue that he isn't close to full health with his performance against LSU in the title game. If his 34-yard touchdown run late in the fourth quarter was him hurting, this may add to his draft stock rather than take away from it.

    Richardson will still be taking part in all the X-rays and physical tests given by doctors at the combine, so NFL teams will have a good snapshot of exactly what this injury is and if it may carry further implications. Although the initial report is that the injury was minor, one can only think NFL teams will be paying even more attention to his physicals.

    How will this affect his draft stock? Richardson has been touted as the draft's No. 1 running back since midway through the NCAA season, and this shouldn't change that. As long as he can come in and perform well on 'Bama's Pro Day, Richardson will still be signing a big contract early in the first round. 

    Other than Richardson, many other big names are arriving today at Indianapolis. I'm sure you are all familiar with Andrew Luck, Robert Griffin III and Justin Blackmon, but let's take a look at some of the other most anticipated workouts at this year's combine.    

LaMichael James

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    Remember me?

    It seems the sporting world forgot about LaMichael James after his nasty elbow dislocation against Cal back in October.

    James, however, came back strong, including a 159-yard ground performance against Wisconsin in the Rose Bowl.

    Many will have their eyes on James come Sunday, when all the athletes will be on the field showing off what they have. 

Ryan Tannehill

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    Many agree that Andrew Luck is the best QB in the draft, followed by RG3, but who is No. 3 on the list?

    Many have Texas A&M's Ryan Tannehill in this position, including CBSSports.com.

    Two others fighting for the third spot include Arizona State's Brock Osweiler and Oklahoma State's Brandon Weeden.

    Come Sunday, scouts and fans alike will be watching to see who, if anyone, takes over this No. 3 spot convincingly.  

Alshon Jeffrey

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    The receiver position is much like quarterbacks in the fact that after the top three, it's a toss-up.

    Alshon Jeffrey will be looking to make just as big a name for himself this weekend as any.

    Mohamed Sanu from Rutgers will also be looking to impress and will be battling Jeffrey for positioning.

Lamar Miller

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    Many believe the man behind Trent Richardson is Lamar Miller, including Scouts Inc.

    Miller may have been overshadowed by all the controversy surrounding Miami's football program, but he is looking to put that behind him and show who he really is this weekend at the combine.

    Miller might have the best opportunity to impress scouts and coaches with Trent Richardson now sitting out. 

David Wilson

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    The running-back position as a whole benefits from the No. 1 back in the draft now sitting out.

    David Wilson is among this year's relatively unknown class of running backs, but he will be looking to make his name known come Sunday.

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