Zach Mettenberger has been diagnosed with a back condition called Spondylolysis

Another red flag for former LSU QB Zach Mettenberger

5/7/14 in NFL   |   Pat   |   5234 respect

Feb 22, 2014; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Louisiana State quarterback Zachary Mettenberger speaks at the NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Pat Lovell-USA TODAY SportsIn addition to his failed drug test at the NFL Combine, former LSU QB and current NFL Draft prospect Zach Metternberger has a back condition that could raise a few red flags for NFL teams interested in his services.

According to, Mettenberger has been diagnosed with a condition called Spondylolysis, which could lead to durability issues in the future.

It wasn't much of a problem during his senior season at LSU, according to the team trainer there, but the rigors of NFL play and practice could take a lot more of a toll on his back, and it might be the straw that breaks the camel's back (pun intended) when teams are deciding whether to take Mettenberger or take their chances with another QB.

Mettenberger is projected as a backup QB in the NFL, so a team might be willing to overlook this if they think that he'll be able to step in and play a few quarters or a few games if absolutely necessary.
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