Current Cleveland Browns tight end Randall Telfer could miss a significant part of the 2015-16 NFL season as he is rehabbing from a foot injury he suffered during USC's 45-42 Holiday Bowl victory over Nebraska.
The news was first reported by Mary Kay Cabot of the Northeast Ohio Media Group.
Cabot reports that Telfer had surgery on his left foot fracture in late February and could be out four to six months. Telfer would be able to participate at the end of training camp if all goes smoothly.
Telfer was taken in the six round of the 2015 NFL Draft by the Browns.
Telfer battled numerous injuries during his career at USC and finished with 65 receptions for 648 yards and 12 touchdowns in four seasons. He was voted USC's Most Inspirational Player in 2014 as he battled through injuries to stay on the field and help his team to a 9-4 record.
Browns coach Mike Pettine was high on Telfer entering the draft, despite his injury history.
"He was one of our top-rated tight ends,'' said Pettine. "We were fortunate to be able to get him when we did. We all know that the injury's well-documented, but there is a chance that he'll be able to help us late in the year.''
The Browns lost former Trojan tight end Jordan Cameron to free agency in the offseason.