Former University of Wisconsin linebacker Mike Taylor started feeling the pain in the ninth game of last season against Michigan State.
By the time the Badgers faced Stanford in the Rose Bowl, Taylor had a hard time running, due to the pain in his abdominal area.
"It definitely impacted me, especially toward the end," Taylor said of the injury. "Nebraska (Big Ten Conference Championship game) and then Stanford, it was to the point where I really couldn't run."
Taylor underwent sports hernia surgery on Jan. 7. As a result, when his former teammates were working out at UW's pro day earlier this month, Taylor was a spectator.
He was supposed to get his chance to work out for pro scouts on Wednesday, but that has been canceled, according to a UW spokesman who talked to Taylor. No workout date has been scheduled, at this point.
That's definitely a blow for Taylor, who was trying to stay positive, after watching the other draft eligible former UW players work out on March 6.
"It's frustrating, but it is what it is," Taylor said at the time. "There's nothing you can do about it. You can't change anything.
"The only thing you can do is move on, move forward and do what's in front of you. You can't go back and change things. ... No matter what happens, just move forward and take it for what it is."
Taylor was one of the most productive linebackers in college football the last two seasons, leading the Badgers with 273 total tackles, 24 tackles for loss and five sacks.
Yet, he knows his chances of getting selected in next month's NFL draft might hinge on getting in front of scouts and running a decent time in the 40-yard dash. Taylor was known for his quickness when he arrived at UW, but lost some of that after undergoing a torn anterior cruciate knee ligament as a redshirt freshman.
"It all depends on health," Taylor said of his draft prosepcts. "Obviously, that's one thing going against me right now is the ... injury. It depends how you run, how you recover ... just being healthy. If I can run well, that would help a lot."
Taylor weighed in at 236 pounds at UW's pro day, which he said was about 15 pounds heavier than he ever was during his UW career.
As much as he tried to put on weight, Taylor said it was difficult while juggling the demands of being a full-time student.
"It's hard to work out, play football, eat and go to class," he said. "It was easy for me to lose weight, because of all that stuff.
"But when it's just working out, living and breathing working out and football, eating and taking care of your body, it's quite easy (to add weight). I think I have a lot more I can do, add a lot of muscle, especially legs. Since the surgery, I haven't really done a whole lot of hard working out yet. I think there's definitely room to add more weight, for sure."
Scouts have plenty of film from Taylor's college career to go on, but not being able to watch him work out prior to the NFL draft April 25-27 would certainly complicate matters.
"I've always been confident," Taylor said of what he can do when healthy. "I know what I can do. It's just a matter of staying healthy, that's the No. 1 thing is be healthy. If you can stay healthy, you can do whatever you want."