Kain Colter eager for surgery to repair lingering ankle injury
By Adam J. Jahns Staff Reporter January 23, 2014 9:48PM
Updated: February 25, 2014 6:36AM
MOBILE, Ala. — A position change for the NFL didn’t discourage Northwestern’s Kain Colter. And neither will upcoming ankle surgery.
The quarterback-turned-receiver performed well over the first three practices during Senior Bowl week. But Colter is scheduled to undergo surgery next week for a lingering ankle injury. He is expected to miss 8-12 weeks, but his agent said that he’s excited to get his ankle issue resolved.
Colter initially injured his ankle in the first quarter of NU’s loss at Wisconsin on Oct. 12, but was able to return later in the game.
Colter will miss NU’s pro day, which is set for March 4. But the university will likely work with Colter to schedule an additional pro day when he’s healthy. The Wildcats did the same for Bears defensive end Corey Wootton and special-teamer Sherrick McManis in 2010.
The first three days of Senior Bowl week are typically the most important with NFL scouts, general managers, coaches and executives in attendance. Colter, who worked mostly in the slot, was able to make an impression.
Colter, who totaled 5,023 yards and 50 touchdowns in his four years at NU, said that he was honored to get an invitation to the Senior Bowl, saying, “they saw something in me that they felt was worthwhile.”
“I definitely think I can play receiver,” Colter, who was interviewed by Bears scouts, said this week. “I’m going to try to get on where I can.”
Contributing: Seth Gruen