Coleman won't throw at combine because of injury
INDIANAPOLIS (WRCB) -- Chattanooga native and NFL hopeful B.J. Coleman will not go through throwing drills at the NFL Combine on Sunday because of a fractured pinky finger on his throwing hand.
The former University of Tennessee at Chattanooga quarterback, who was wearing a cast on the hand while meeting with reporters during Friday afternoon's media session, said he suffered the injury two weeks ago while training for the combine in Hattiesburg, Mississippi.
"I was actually in a workout and fell. I got up and slid it back over thinking that it was just a dislocation. That's part of (football), so I went on and finished the workout," Coleman said. "But it kept puffing up, so I went to the doctor and he called it a minor fracture. The good news is he said everything was still lined up straight, so it will heal on its own without surgery."
Coleman said he plans to get the cast off March 5 and will spend the next week or two building his grip strength back up. He said he plans to be at full health and ready to throw at UTC's pro day on April 2.
"I would have loved to have been able to throw the football here, no doubt," Coleman said in an interview with Jim Wyatt of The Tennessean. "But there are things that are going to come your way you have to handle positively, and be able to get back on that horse and go.
"The biggest thing for me is to get my hand better, and be able to throw well on my pro day."
Coleman is listed among the top eight quarterbacks available in the 2012 draft by most scouting rankings.
Even though he won't go through workouts during his group's scheduled session on Sunday, he will still spend the weekend going through medical and psychological exams, as well as interviews with prospective NFL employers.
One scout, NFLDraftScout.com's Dane Brugler, already noted that Coleman continues to excel in those off-the-field tests.
"As expected QB BJ Coleman very impressive in interviews. Hungry player who "gets it,"" Brugler wrote on his Twitter page on Friday.
Coleman was still all smiles throughout his meeting with reporters. He talked at length about his excitement to find his next destination and begin learning as much as possible, as quickly as possible.
"The biggest thing is to be a student of the game," he said about the learning curve at the next level. "You always hear the term 'rookie wall.' It's a daunting thing to think about going non-stop from your junior year of college into the pros, through the off-season and then the season and maybe playoffs without a break.
"You need to know how to manage your time to put yourself in a position to succeed. You have to take care of your mind and body, know your limits, but still push yourself outside your bubble. Everybody hits the rookie wall, but it's those who can push through it and keep working that see the most success."