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Former Boise State back McNichols to have surgery after combine

Former Boise State running back Jeremy McNichols dealt with a shoulder injury last season, and will have surgery to fix it after the NFL Scouting Combine, a source told the Idaho Statesman.

McNichols, who announced Dec. 26 he would forego his senior season for the NFL Draft, has been invited to the combine in Indianapolis, which will take place from Feb. 28-March 3 for the running backs. The surgery, expected to be to repair a torn labrum, likely will force him to miss Boise State’s pro day and often has a recovery time of a few months.

“Playing running back, the lifespan is really short. So when you can get in and, you know, get a little bit of money and things like that, that goes into it,” McNichols said in Phoenix when he announced his decision.

Last season, McNichols rushed for 1,709 yards and added 474 receiving yards, scoring 27 total touchdowns. His rushing total and touchdowns were third in a single season in school history.

The NFL released the official list of invitations to the combine briefly Monday morning, but has since deleted the link. A source told the Idaho Statesman recently that linebacker Tanner Vallejo, recovering from wrist surgery, also will be invited to the combine.