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Crabtree to have surgery – will be drafted with 40 sight unseen

Top wide receiver Micheal Crabtree will have surgery on his injured foot on Wednesday. He will be draft with no official 40 time and no work out, as he will most definitely miss Texas Tech’s Pro Day.

I have been asked many times in the past week since his injury unfolded, and this only cements my opinions. In fact, if it slipped the last week, his stock just went back up.

My biggest concern was this – in my opinion – unnecessary push to run at his Pro Day. The risk of injury – or running a lousy time – at the Pro Day way outweighed the benefits. The only people clamoring for it were draftniks and certain members of the media. Scouts are not worried about seeing him run. They have their tape, same as I do. THAT’S where his game is and THAT’S what scouts were looking at when he got his buzz in the first place.

Crabtree will now be ready for training camp – and probably be ready for minis and pre-camp workouts.

That’s worth a ton to a team as well. Crabtree got himself some excellent advice – being healthy for the season was far more important than showing up for a Pro Day and proving something most scouts already know.

THE SKY IS FALLING and other Manning News

Hey from overcast and chilly – but beautiful – Alaska! To the left, feel free to gaze at the lovely Alaskan Mountain range off the coast of Homer where I went deep sea fishing for Halibut yesterday – caught two in fact. My nephew caught one bigger than he was – he’s about 4ft tall so maybe that isn’t as impressive as it sounds. But it outweighed him too. Gorgeous scenery though, huh?

We were out on the boat when I actually heard QB news that wasn’t about Brett Favre.

After I picked myself up off the floor from that, I stopped to analyze what is now the biggest off-season story of the moment – Peyton Manning’s surgery on his knee to remove an infected bursa sac. I think that’s what started Marvin Harrison’s knee woes last year, and if that’s the case I can see the panic. (Especially for the owner in one auction league of mine who just bought Manning for $120. YIPES)

However, my Fantasy Football thought is this – there is every indication he’ll be ready for week one. I wouldn’t panic. Further, I would not waste my time drafting Jim Sorgi. Far better to make sure your #2 QB is a safe and secure choice – someone like Garrard or Rivers, who can stand up over the course of a season. It’s not that Sorgi is useless – it’s more that we can’t count on him to put up Manning numbers if Manning goes down. And I would rather grab a solid long shot 3rd QB (take a flier on JaMarcus Russell for example) than reach to get Sorgi because I am feeling worried about Manning.

If you grab Manning, just be sure to grab a solid #2. If you can get Sorgi, great, but I wouldn’t pull him early.

The fact is, Manning will probably play. You want to cover yourself, sure, but I’m not torching the town in a panic right now, and neither should you.

If anything, this may drop him in drafts, which could make it the only time he’s been a value in a long time.

I may be back with more news this week – assuming Halibut fishing doesn’t call again before the wedding I’m here for.