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Minor injuries piling up at NFL Combine

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The NFL Scouting Combine has its uses despite its unnecessary fanfare, but the reality of the NFL's scouting process is that, by and large, teams have established evaluations on players heading into the weekend in Indianapolis, and a few undershorts workouts aren't likely to change things. Maryland tackle Bruce Campbell? Yeah, he still has serious question marks as a tackle prospect, despite his Herculean workout numbers over the weekend.

One possible development that can have a significant impact on draft stock, however, is suffering an injury at the Combine. To this point, three top-end prospects have had to cut workouts short due to injury. Thankfully, none of the injuries seem major.

Oklahoma State tackle Russell Okung measured in well and was really impressive on the bench press, but a groin injury cut his workouts short. The injury is considered minor, and it's not expected to impact his Pro Day workout later this month in Stillwater, OK. Still, seeing one of the top tackles available this year helped off the field with an iced-down injury is concerning.

Michigan pass rusher Brandon Graham is in a similar situation after tweaking a hamstring during his second 40-yard dash attempt. Again, his injury is considered minor, and for now, it's not expected to impact his Pro Day at Ann Arbor. Meanwhile, Arkansas State defensive end Alex Carrington - one of the top small-school prospects available this year, and a solid 3-4 end prospect - hurt his ankle in his second 40 attempt as well, and will miss the remainder of his workout.

All three players are top prospects at need areas for the Bills.