Appalachian State linebacker Akeem Davis-Gaither will have surgery to repair a stress fracture in his right foot, according to multiple reports Saturday from the NFL Scouting Combine.
He posted 21 reps in the 225-pound bench press in Indianapolis, but he will not participate in any more workouts before the NFL draft in April.
CBS Sports rated him as the No. 5 linebacker in the draft pool before the combine but said he had improved his draft stock after measuring "a little taller and heavier than expected."
Davis-Gaither will have surgery Tuesday with Dr. Robert Anderson in Green Bay, Wis., and faces a recovery time of 6-8 weeks, NFL Network's Tom Pelissero reported.
"It was a hard decision whether to have the surgery at the end of the season or not," Davis-Gaither said according to SI.com. "I wanted to play on it and help my team out. And the results, they got me here, so it was a small decision. I just tell them I have the surgery Tuesday with Dr. Anderson, and I'll be back in five to six weeks before the draft. I'll be healthy by the time the draft comes."
The Senior Bowl participant played with the injury during the 2019 season, when he tallied 104 tackles, 14.5 tackles for loss and five sacks and was named Sun Belt Defensive Player of the Year.
--Field Level Media