Notre Dame QB Clausen won’t do drills at combine

Notre Dame QB Jimmy Clausen won’t be able to go through any drills at next week’s NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis because he’s recovering from surgery to repair tendon damage in his right toe, his agent, Gary Wichard, said Tuesday.

Clausen will have his foot examined by the doctor who performed the surgery Thursday, and if all is deemed well, the QB could have a Pro Day at Notre Dame in early April, roughly two weeks before the draft.

If there is a setback, Clausen’s ability to go through some of the drills — dropping back, rolling out, setting and throwing — could be pushed closer to draft day in private workouts. Clausen will attend the combine for medical evaluations and interviews with NFL teams.

In any scenario, film evaluation of Clausen will be important in teams’ evaluation process because the injury has hampered him from doing any type of football-related work since he had the procedure in January.

Clausen, who’s 6-foot-3 and 223 pounds, is projected to be one of the top three quarterbacks in the draft. He played with the injury, which was diagnosed as turf toe, for most of this past season — his junior year.

Clausen threw for 3,722 yards and 28 touchdowns with just four interceptions last season. He threw 60 TD passes in three seasons for the Fighting Irish.

– Steve Wyche

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