TUSCALOOSA — Greg McElroy’s hand injury he suffered during the Senior Bowl was not as bad as first feared, the former Alabama quarterback learned Monday.
McElroy visited a hand specialist Monday morning in Phoenix for a second opinion. He initially was diagnosed with a fractured metacarpal in his throwing hand.
“They X-rays and an evaluation and it was determined that he did not have a fracture,” Greg McElroy Sr. said. “It was just a deep contusion of his metacarpal.”
McElroy Sr. said his son will take at least a week to allow the injury to heal before doctors take another look at his hand.
McElroy, who had been training in California, will stay in Arizona to continue to receive treatment. McElroy Sr. said some rehabilitation would be necessary.
“It’s still swollen and very sore,” McElroy Sr. said. “He’s going to need some down time. It’s still going to be sore like with any bone that gets bruised. The good news is there’s no fracture. Hopefully, his rehab can be expedited.”
McElroy suffered the injury on the first play of the fourth quarter after a completion to South Alabama’s Courtney Smith. McElroy hit his right hand on a helmet during the attempt. After completing the series, he sat for the remainder of the game.
“I had no feeling the rest of the series,” McElroy said afterward. “The ball was kind of sporadic. I couldn’t get a grip on the ball. I still can’t get a grip on the ball. I think it will be OK.”
McElroy had X-rays taken at Ladd-Pebbles Stadium and was told he had a hairline fracture in his second metacarpal, McElroy Sr. said.
“Obviously, we were pretty upset about it,” McElroy Sr. said. “Thank goodness we went and got a second opinion. A second opinion turned out to be pretty good.”