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Alabama doctor confirms condition of Crimson Tide halfback Eddie Lacy, one reason the #Steelers did not draft him:
We reported on April 28 that one reason the Steelers drafted Le’Veon Bell and not Eddie Lacy was because Lacy had his injured big toe fused, and that in fact the Steelers would not touch him because of it.
It was the first time news became public that the toe was fused. Now, Alabama’s team doctor has confirmed that Lacy’s toe was fused, although he said it should not hurt his career:
"The joint underneath the toenail was fused to allow the ligament to work better basically," Crimson Tide team doctor E. Lyle Cain Jr. told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's Tyler Dunne. "It's something you do to give you a better push-off. His big toe moves just like a normal big toe in terms of motion. ... If you fused it completely, it'd give you a stiff big toe and you can't push off and that's a big problem. In Eddie's case, he does not have that. His fusion does not affect his big-toe motion.
"The bottom line is, the fusion he had does not affect his big-toe motion."
Here was our initial report on PG Plus on April 28:
One reason the Steelers passed on Eddie Lacy is a toe injury the Alabama halfback has had. One team source said the Steelers would not touch Lacy because his big toe had been fused.
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