An Internet report surfaced this week that teams were backing away from Ohio State RB Chris “Beanie” Wells because of concern about sesamoid bones — two pea-shaped bones located in the ball of the foot, beneath the big toe joint — in his right foot. Wells missed three games with a toe injury in 2008, but he still rushed for more than 1,000 yards and eight touchdowns.
Wells’ agent, Adam Heller, told the Cleveland Plain Dealer that his client’s foot is fine and that no team has raised a red flag to him:
- “Beanie was examined by [noted orthopedic surgeon] Dr. James Andrews in January and was given a clean bill of health,” said agent Adam Heller. “There are no issues with the toe and he’s 100 percent. He rushed for 1,200 yards and has since posted the best broad jump at the combine and [ran] a 4.38 in the 40 at his Pro Day.
- “Beanie has not had the issue raised by any team during his individual workouts or team visits. Based on the conversations I’ve had with teams, it’s a non-issue.”
NFL.com draft experts have Wells going as high as No. 14 to the Saints and as low as No. 31 to the Cardinals.
Wells appeared on Jim Rome is Burning on Wednesday and called the reports a smokescreen (via the Plain Dealer):
- “I heard it was an issue I had a bad bone in my foot. I think it was just something started for teams to get me to slide into their lap.
- “I definitely think it’s a smokescreen. I was cleared by Dr. (James) Andrews down in Florida, and he’s one of the biggest doctors in the National Football League. And he cleared me and I feel as if I’m good to go.”