Chris Polk: Undrafted RB Denies He Has Bum Hip, Eagles Gave Him 4th-Round Grade

Sigmund BloomNFL Draft Lead WriterApril 30, 2012

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - FEBRUARY 26: Running back Chris Polk of Washington runs through a drill during the 2012 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium on February 26, 2012 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
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Vontaze Burfict might have been the biggest name to fall out of the draft, but anyone who had been paying attention for the last three months could have anticipated Burfict's fall.

Prolific Washington RB Chris Polk's fall out of the draft was much more shocking. Polk and Andy Reid, head coach of the Eagles, who signed Polk after the draft, spoke out about the turn of events.

Polk acknowledged his shoulder was a concern for teams but denied any "degenerative hip condition," a rumor that started when Polk was falling through the draft's third day:

"I know teams are concerned about my shoulder, but I also heard somebody say something about a degenerative hip, and there is just no truth to that. I had labrum surgery on the shoulder a year ago, and it didn't slow me down last season."

Polk said Dr. James Andrews gave his shoulder a thumbs-up, even though some teams labeled it "chronic" or "degenerative," according to team sources per Derek Harper of the Sports Xchange/CBS Sports. Andrews said, "if I thought Chris had a problem that needed fixing, I would have operated, but there was not a problem" according to a source close to Polk.

Harper also reports that Polk chose Philadelphia over Washington. If Polk had gone to the Redskins, another chapter in Mike Shanahan's history of turning late-round and undrafted backs into gold could have been written.

Polk should not be counted out despite going undrafted, and the head coach of the Eagles agrees:

Reid, on today's Eagles Live, said they had a 4th round grade on RB Chris Polk.

— Adam Caplan (@caplannfl) April 30, 2012

Polk's story will be a great one to follow after the still-unexplained fall out of the draft.