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Players, general managers, scouts and NFL coaches began arriving in Mobile as the Senior Bowl gets ready to kick-off . On hand were most of the nation's top senior prospects, including Notre Dame's Brady Quinn. What is the status of Quinn's injury? What's the word on Louisville defensive tackle Amobi Okoye? And what players were teams interviewing today? Here's the latest.

Questions about Amobi Okoye's physical stature have been omni-present.  Many feel the 19-year old will not be able to hold up over the course of an NFL season.

Though listed at 313 pounds on most preseason reports handed out by NFL scouting services, sources told us Okoye has never been near that weight.  In fact, someone close to the talented Louisville defensive tackle told us they expect him to weigh-in near 295 pounds tomorrow.  

Notre Dame quarterback Brady Quinn addressed a small gathering of the media tonight, fielding several questions.  

Quinn stated he was advised by renowned physician Dr. James Andrews not to participate in this week's event after suffering a bursar sac injury in his right knee.  Quinn, training with API in Phoenix, is concerned he may aggravate the injury.

Over the next two days he will be interviewing with teams here in Mobile, Tampa being one of the first as Buccaneer coach Jon Gruden came out to grab Quinn after the session.

Asked when the injury first occurred, Quinn was very evasive, saying he wasn't sure on what play it happened and gave no mention of what team it may have occurred against.

When asked a direct question about working out at the combine, Quinn said no definitive decision had been made yet as to whether or not he'll participate.  He alluded to the fact he is preparing for "combine and individual workouts".

Teams were busy Sunday interviewing players one-on-one all through the day.

The Pittsburgh Steelers, usually spectators at the Senior Bowl, were the most active.  The team cornered receivers Dwayne Bowe and Rhema McNight as well as linebacker Prescott Burgess, defensive end/linebacker Tim Crowder and cornerback Jonathan Wade.

The Rams were right behind Pittsburgh as one of the most active franchises today.  They also talked with Dwayne Bowe as well as receiver Dallas Baker and linebackers Paul Posluszny and Earl Everett.

Miami was also busy interviewing players through the early evening.  The Dolphins' interests included offensive lineman Justin Blalock, defensive tackle Antonio Johnson and defensive end Anthony Spencer.

Paul Posluszny spent extensive time with the San Diego Chargers.

We spoke at length with Justin Blalock late in the afternoon.  

An articulate and bright individual, Blalock states he prefers playing right tackle as opposed to guard but doesn't care where he ends up at the next level.

Blalock said he expects teammate Brian Robison, the defensive end many feel is rising up draft boards, to light it up at the combine with great workouts.

When asked if he was surprised that another teammate from the defensive line, Frank Okam, did not declare for the draft, Blalock responded no as Okam struggled with injuries all season.


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