When it comes to inside linebackers and the draft, there's a notable report today from ESPN's Adam Caplan: Reuben Foster, widely regarded as the top inside linebacker prospect in this year's draft, had rotator cuff surgery on his right shoulder.
While the degree or timeline of the injury has not been disclosed, surgery to fix a rotator cuff would likely suggest at least a partial tear.
However, the aforementioned Caplan did make a point to note that teams were informed of the recent operation as the lingering injury will come as no surprise come draft day. Adding five of his seven career sacks in 2016, Foster also tallied two of his nine career pass defenses in what would become his final collegiate campaign.
According to Caplan, he's the best linebacker prospect in the draft for many teams. However, because of the procedure's projected four-month recovery timeline, Foster is expected to be ready to go for the start of training camp in July.
The good news for Foster is it shouldn't knock him down too far in the NFL Draft.
National Football League teams have been notified that Foster had the surgery, according to the source. If some teams picking in the top half of the first round are scared away by Foster's injury, then it could mean that he'll still be available when the Colts pick at 14/15.