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C.J. Conrad injured at East-West Shrine Game practice; won’t play Saturday

For now, the injury is considered minor.

Jason Marcum - Sea of Blue


According to KSR, C.J. Conrad will miss the East-West Shrine Game due to a shoulder injury. He’s also returning to Lexington for testing on his shoulder, though it’s considered a minor injury for now.

As long as this isn’t a significant issue, Conrad should be healed up in time for the NFL Scouting Combine, which takes place February 26 - March 4.

C.J. Conrad has looked like an NFL tight end since setting foot on UK’s campus. It was no surprise that he was selected to the East-West Shrine Game and would be preparing to move up in the NFL Draft. However, he may have suffered an injury while practicing for that game that could be a set-back.

In watching video of when the injury happened, it appears that all of his weight came down on his left shoulder. Then he holds his left arm close to his chest as he reaches for his right for help getting up.

The details of the injury have not been released, but according to a tweet by Jon Ladyard, Conrad is not participating in practice today.

Conrad was second on the team this season in every receiving category with 30 receptions, 318 yards, and three touchdowns. While many believe Kentucky’s offensive scheme did not play to his full potential, Conrad’s ability to fill whatever role is needed will also stand out to NFL teams.

Bleacher Report has Conrad listed as the No. 8 overall tight end, and many believe his ability to run block will bolster his draft stock despite his lack of receiving numbers.

When there is an update on Conrad’s injury, you can find that information right here on A Sea of Blue. In the meantime, let’s just hope that it isn’t serious and he can continue to prepare for the draft as planned.