Florida wide receiver Van Jefferson and LSU tight end Thaddeus Moss will each reportedly require foot surgery after both had fractures discovered during their respective medical exams at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis.
Multiple outlets reported Thursday that Van Jefferson and Moss each have Jones fractures -- a break in the fifth metatarsal -- in their right foot, and both were unaware of the injury. The timeline for recovery from surgery is generally pegged at 6-8 weeks, but it can take longer in some scenarios.
According to ESPN, Jefferson will have his procedure next week with Dr. Robert Anderson in Green Bay, Wis., while Moss is also expected to have surgery next week. Both are unlikely to work out for teams before the draft in late April.
Coincidentally, both players are sons of former NFL wideouts.
Jefferson is the son of former NFL receiver and current New York Jets receivers coach Shawn Jefferson. Moss is the son of Hall of Fame wide receiver Randy Moss.
The 23-year-old Jefferson played two seasons with the Gators after spending his first two seasons at Ole Miss. He caught 49 passes for 657 yards and six touchdowns in 12 games in 2019. His four-year totals included 175 catches for 2,159 yards and 16 touchdowns.
During workouts for the Senior Bowl, the 6-foot-1, 200-pound Jefferson was projected as a second- or third-round pick in April's NFL Draft by ESPN analyst Todd McShay.
A 21-year-old who surprised some when he declared as a redshirt junior, Moss caught 47 passes for 570 yards and four touchdowns in 2019. Originally at NC State in 2016, Moss transferred to LSU and sat out 2017, then missed all of 2018 with a left foot injury.
--Field Level Media