Rex Burkhead knows his left knee is going to get more than just a once-over at the NFL Combine. Even those who come to Indianapolis with injury-free pasts get poked, prodded, twisted and turned.
The former Nebraska I-back, however, is ready for any of it.
“I’ve heard things at the Combine where if you had something in the past, they check it out as much as possible,” Burkhead said Tuesday night from Davie, Fla. “I’m sure I’ll get an MRI and all that stuff. But I’m not too worried about it. It feels good. It feels as good as the other knee.”
Burkhead missed six games completely and left early in three others because of the MCL sprain to his left knee. It limited him to 675 rushing yards and 98 attempts as a senior, after he had carried for 1,406 yards and 15 touchdowns as an All-Big Ten player the season before.
But the native of Plano, Texas, said he’s 100 percent ready for the NFL Combine after training the last six weeks at Bommarito Performance Systems in Davie. Burkhead will travel Thursday to Indianapolis, go through medical testing and interviews on Friday and Saturday, then work out Sunday with the rest of the backs.
Burkhead said he chose the facility run by Pete Bommarito because of its track record with preparing running backs (and others) for the Combine.
“I had everything I needed to get my body in the best possible condition,” Burkhead said. “I’m feeling good and just ready to roll.”
Look for a full story on Burkhead in Thursday’s paper. We wrote about former NU kicker Brett Maher and his Combine preparations earlier this week, and safety Daimion Stafford also is headed for Indianapolis this weekend.