Mississippi State senior quarterback Tyler Russell underwent surgery to repair a torn labrum in his throwing shoulder Tuesday, according to CSS reporter Emily Gagnon. The procedure was performed by Dr. James Andrews, who routinely handles surgical needs of high-profile athletes.
Gagnon tweeted a photo of Russell and Andrews:
Russell's standout junior season at MSU (2,897 yards, 24 touchdowns, 10 interceptions) made him an intriguing pro prospect entering his senior year, particularly with his prototype size for an NFL quarterback (6-foot-4, 220 pounds). However, an injury-marred campaign that began with a concussion against Oklahoma State derailed his final college season.
Still, albeit in limited action, Russell's completion percentage this season (65) was the best of his career.
The Mississippi State Pro Day workout next spring will likely be Russell's best opportunity to impress NFL scouts, assuming his rehabilitation schedule allows for it. New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez underwent the procedure earlier this year, and the projected rehab time was four to six months. If Russell's has a similar timetable, he could be ready for an April workout for scouts in four months, but a six-month recovery would extend beyond the draft, scheduled for May 8-10.