Chris Polk: Marathon man

INDIANAPOLIS – Whichever team selects Chris Polk in April’s NFL Draft, they won’t have to give the running back from the University of Washington that old “the season is a marathon, not a sprint” speech.

Polk has endured his own marathon at the NFL Scouting Combine this week. Thursday, Polk was involved in the medical process here from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. Friday, it was 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. That will happen when you need three MRIs to check out both knees and a shoulder.

“It was kind of crazy, because I felt like a big slab of meat,” Polk said late today, more than 24 hours after he was scheduled to do his media interview at Lucas Oil Stadium.

Holding his thumbs and index fingers three inches apart, he added, “I’m the only guy in there with an X-ray package this thick. The first time I put it in their hands they’re like, ‘Oh my goodness.’ So every doctor, they all stand up and come look at me.”

And the prognosis? “It could have been in Spanish, because I didn’t know what they were saying,” Polk said. “It was just crazy.”

And speaking of marathon sessions, there was some running involved for Polk.

“I had to redo two MRIs, and they take like an hour apiece,” he said. “So I’m in there (the MRI machine) and I fall asleep. But I had a dream I’m running my 40 (yard dash). So I kicked the top of the machine and they had to do it again.”

How did Polk do in his dream-induced 40? “My 40 time was good, but it wasn’t reality,” he said.

What was his dream time? “I don’t know,” he said. “But I felt like I was going fast.”

Polk intends to also go fast when he’s awake for his real 40 on Sunday. How fast?

“4.4 (seconds),” he said.

“4.4-even?” he was asked.

“I hope,” Polk said.


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