Eight Irish players invited to NFL Combine

Eight Irish players invited to NFL Combine
February 7, 2013, 3:00 pm
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Led by linebacker Manti Te'o and tight end Tyler Eifert, Notre Dame had eight of its former players invited to the NFL combine in Indianapolis later this month. Joining Te'o and Eifert are center Braxston Cave, defensive end Kapron Lewis-Moore, safety Zeke Motta, running back Theo Riddick, safety Jamoris Slaughter and running back Cierre Wood.

Slaughter and Notre Dame have attempted to appeal the NCAA's decision to deny the safety a sixth year of eligibility. As of late last month, Notre Dame was still working through the appeal process while Slaughter remained enrolled at the school to continue his rehab process. Per a Notre Dame spokesman, a final decision has not yet been made on Slaughter's future despite the combine invite.

Lewis-Moore won't be able to fully participate in the combine following surgery to repair a torn ACL shortly after the BCS Championship.

"This s**t sucks," Lewis-Moore wrote in a string of tweets earlier this week. "I totally understand about trying to have a "positive attitude" but there are days where sometimes having a positive attitude isn't enough. You have a set plan and then something goes terribly wrong your whole plan has to get adjusted and take a different route.

"Yea I still have faith in god and I know he has a plan but sometimes it's hard to understand what his plan is. It's tough not being able to work out and try to be my absolute best for the combine and pro day. Ill just be able to jog by then.

"… Just a little frustrated, upset and also sad."

Lewis-Moore likely would've heard his name called in April's draft had he not suffered his injury Jan. 7 against Alabama. He'll have to work his way on to an NFL roster as a non-drafted free agent, most likely.

Following the combine, Notre Dame will host a yet-to-be-announced pro day in South Bend. Last year's event took place April 3.