By David Boclair
Emanuel Hall’s efforts to catch on with the Chicago Bears took a hit recently due to what coach Matt Nagy classified as an issue the rookie wide receiver brought with him from college.
Nagy said this week that Hall, a Centennial High School graduate, underwent surgery to correct a sports hernia.
“He had some issues coming out of college at Missouri, so we said, ‘You know, let’s see where he is at when he got here,’ and it just starting nagging him a little bit,” Nagy said, via 247Sports.com.
Hall played just eight games as a senior last fall and missed the rest with what was termed a hamstring injury.
According to reports out of Chicago, the 6-foot-3, 195-pound speedster participated in the team’s rookie orientation early in May but has been sidelined throughout organized team activities (OTAs). The surgery has cast some doubt as to whether he would be ready for the start of training camp.
Hall signed with the Bears after – surprisingly – no team selected him in the 2019 NFL Draft. He said he had roughly two dozen offers for free agent deals but felt comfortable with the coaches, particularly his position coach, with Chicago.
He averaged better than 20 yards per reception during his college career and topped 800 yards receiving each of the past two seasons. He also performed well at the NFL scouting combine, where he set a position record with a broad jump of 11 feet, 9 inches.
None of it was enough to convince an NFL team to draft him. In order to overcome that slight, he also must come back from surgery.
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