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Gurley declines knee exams on doctor’s advice

INDIANAPOLIS -- Georgia running back Todd Gurley declined to let team doctors examine his reconstructed left knee at the NFL scouting combine on the advice of his doctor, a person with knowledge of the situation told USA TODAY Sports on Friday.

Gurley did undergo MRIs and will return here for the medical recheck before the draft begins in April, said the person, who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the situation.

But renowned orthopedist Dr. James Andrews recommended Gurley not be poked and prodded by 32 doctors barely three months after surgery that generally carries a six- to nine-month timeline, the person said.

Andrews performed the surgery after Gurley's knee after he tore the anterior cruciate ligament in the Bulldogs' Nov. 15 victory over Auburn.

"The timetable is six to nine months. I got hurt in November, so I'm not really giving no timetable," Gurley said Thursday. "I'm just trying to get back safe, but as quick as possible."

Despite the injury issue, Gurley could be the first running back drafted in the first round since 2012.

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