Report: Clausen still recovering

Updated: February 17, 2010, 11:56 AM ET
ESPN.com news services

Jimmy Clausen will have to impress teams with his head, not his arm, at the NFL scouting combine in Indianapolis next week.

During an interview on Sirius NFL Radio, the Notre Dame quarterback said that recovery from surgery to repair tendon damage in his right toe will prevent him from participating in drills.

"I'm planning on doing all the interviews and, obviously, being seen by the doctors so they can see my toe, but my toe isn't ready to go right now," Clausen said, according to NFL.com.

Clausen will have his toe examined on Thursday and could then host a pro day at Notre Dame in April, the Web site reported. The draft is April 22-24 at Radio City Music Hall in New York.

Clausen doesn't see the combine as a waste, even if he can't throw.

"I'm really excited to go down to Indianapolis next week so teams can get to know me as a person," Clausen said, according to NFL.com. "And I think after they get to know me as a person, they'll see the truth from what the perception is out there about me."

Clausen is a 6-foot-3, 223-pound junior who threw for 3,722 yards and 28 touchdowns with only four interceptions for Notre Dame last season.

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