Minnesota’s Decker needs second surgery on foot


INDIANAPOLIS — The NFL Scouting Combine can be reduced to a lot of waiting for what’s next, but no one is waiting more than Minnesota’s Eric Decker. He has spent the day in various states of relaxation around the field at Lucas Oil Stadium while watching his fellow receivers work out.

As Decker waits, he’s also waiting for a second surgery, scheduled for March 15, to repair the Lisfranc injury in his left foot, which cut his season short. He suffered the injury in October and had surgery Nov. 4. The next surgery will remove the hardware in his foot.

Decker said he’d be ready to play “with no restrictions” by June. Even though teams won’t be able to work him out before the draft, Decker said the message he received from teams this week during interviews was that the injury would be a non-issue.

“Unfortunately, I can’t run and compete with these guys,” Decker said. “But my mindset is to go in there and sell my character, sell the smarts on the field and the consistency I’ve had over the last four seasons.”

Another question that Decker has received from teams is whether he’ll continue to pursue baseball. An excellent collegiate baseball player, Decker said he’s only doing football now.

— Frank Tadych

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