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MRI reveals no further damage to McCoy's throwing shoulder

INDIANAPOLIS -- Colt McCoy, who's considered a top quarterback prospect in this year's NFL draft, underwent an MRI exam that showed no further damage to the nerve injury in his right shoulder Friday afternoon.

McCoy, who didn't have surgery after initially injuring his throwing shoulder during the BCS national championship game, underwent the tests at the request of teams as part of the medical exams at the NFL Scouting Combine. McCoy knew entering the combine that there would be questions about the shoulder, but he was confident what the results would be.

"Obviously, that was going to be a tough part of the weekend, because people are going to want to know how the shoulder is and how it's healing up," the University of Texas standout said. "The good thing is my shoulder is 100 percent fine. There's nothing wrong with it. We found nothing wrong with it. It's just a nerve injury, and it's just about 100 percent. It's just about ready to go."

McCoy has been in rehabilitation and working with noted surgeon Dr. James Andrews of Birmingham, Ala., since the injury and is currently on what he calls a "strict" throwing schedule. McCoy said he has been working with Andrews every day and is throwing short to medium routes to retain his accuracy and arm strength.

McCoy will not throw at the combine, but he's looking forward to doing so at full strength in another two weeks. Texas' pro day is scheduled for March 31. After that will be anticipated private workouts with teams.

"I can't wait to get out there and show them my shoulder is OK, and I can make all the throws," McCoy said.

Because of the nature of the injury, McCoy said he has never felt pain and that his arm was numb overnight.

McCoy did experience what some might consider a setback Friday when he officially measured in slightly over 6-foot-1. While many consider 6-2 to be the starting point for NFL quarterbacks, McCoy is eager to prove during formal interviews with general managers and coaches that his intangibles and approach to the position more than make up for what might be considered a shortcoming.

"One thing I can't change is my height," McCoy said, noting that no teams had brought up the issue. "That's all right. That's who I am. I won more games in college football than anybody else. So I expect to continue that as I get in the NFL.

"At the same time, you're measuring with guys who are really tall. You can't change that; this is what God gave me. But you can't measure the size of my heart and how hard I work and all the intangibles that come along with playing the position."

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