Dr. Chip Bankston talks medical side of NFL Draft amid COVID-19

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New Orleans Saints team doctor Dr. Chip Bankston joins Matt to talk the challenges COVID-19 has presented on the medical side of the NFL Draft.

“Well the hard part was all the COVID stuff happened after the combine,” Dr. Bankston said. “After the combine there is a stack of 35-40 players who may have had an injury that prevented them from going through drills. Those players are part of the rechecks. Not being able to examine those players again makes it challenging.”

If a player had an injury and is not able to be checked out by the team staff, would the Saints take him off the board?

“No, most of the time we are able to call an agent or call a trainer who were taking care of players before the shutdown,” Dr. Bankston said. “They can get the information they need, but it’s not as easy as let me take a feel on his shoulder or his knee.”

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