Utah cornerback Jaylon Johnson will undergo surgery after the combine to patch a torn labrum, and is expected to miss five months.
NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero confirmed that Dr. Peter Millett has advised Johnson to undergo the procedure, and he will have the repair on March 4. Johnson will participate fully in the combine.
Jaylon Johnson injured
A potential first-round pick, Johnson originally suffered the September injury but played through pain almost the entire season.
“Last season he wanted to be playing for his family and not let them down,” said lawyer Doug Hendrickson. “The guy’s strong as nails to fight through that all year round and he wanted to compete at the highest level in the combine.”
In a letter to all 32 teams last week, Dr. Peter Millett, a respected surgeon at the Steadman Clinic in Vail, Colorado, wrote that he recommended surgery and will perform the operation on Johnson’s right shoulder March 4th. Millett has written— a timeline that would have Johnson ready to start his rookie season— that typical return to full football activities is five months.
Johnson entered the draft early as a second-team All-American selection as a junior in 2019.
Reached by phone, one of Johnson’s agents, Wasserman’s Doug Hendrickson, said: “He wanted to play for his team last season and not let them down. It’s hard for the guy to struggle through that all year round and he wanted to compete at the highest level at the combine.”
It is close to last year’s case with another Hendrickson client, defensive tackle Jerry Tillery. Who participated entirely in the combine and then had surgery for a torn labrum. The Los Angeles Chargers drafted Tillery to 28th overall, was ready for Week 1 and played 15 games as a rookie.
Johnson has played for the Utes in 39 games, posting 7 interceptions, 21 pass break-ups and 102 tackles. He had previously had surgery on his other shoulder in the fall of 2016, after moving to Utah.