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.