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Jalen Tabor blames hamstring injury for slow 40-yard-dash times

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Jalen Tabor ran a 4.77-second 40-yard dash at Florida’s Pro Day that left much to be desired. After all, the former All-SEC standout looked to improve from his underwhelming 4.62 40 at the NFL Scouting Combine in March.

But Tabor told NFL.com this past weekend that he has been bothered by a hamstring injury that led to his disappointing results.

“Teams have been shocked that I ran that slow, because they know I don’t play slow — they watch the film,” Tabor said during a phone interview. “It’s ridiculous. I just want to let everyone know what was going on.”

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Tabor said he tweaked his hamstring during training just before the combine and it has yet to fully heal. He debated whether to run at the combine in Indianapolis and said he was 50/50 one day prior to the event.

“I just wanted to compete,” he told NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport. “I’m not the type to make excuses. I just wanted to show teams what I’m about. I probably went about it the wrong way, trying to be a knucklehead.”

Tabor said he switched trainers for more intensive workouts and treatment following his combine performance. Before participating in his Pro Day, he took ibuprofen and hoped for better results.

“I was trying to be a tough guy because that’s how I am. I was afraid if I didn’t run, people would think I’m soft,” Tabor said. “Then I went out during a workout with the Lions and pulled it even worse. They’re the only team that really knows. It’s still bad now. I probably won’t even start running against for three weeks.”

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