Tyler Higbee officially out of the Senior Bowl

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Former Western Kentucky tight end Tyler Higbee will not participate in the Senior Bowl on Jan. 30, according to Higbee's representation at Select Sports Group.

"We respectfully pulled Tyler out of the Senior Bowl next week while he recovers from a knee injury," Melanie Walden told WBKO. "He is continuing his training and is healing very well. His doctors and trainers have said repeatedly that he is ahead of schedule. Tyler had been looking forward to competing in the Senior Bowl as a top pass catching and field-stretching tight end in this draft, but we have to respect the healing process."

Higbee grabbed 68 receptions – 38 this past year – for 1,054 yards and 14 touchdowns during his career at WKU. The 6-foot-6, 250-pound product of East Lake High in Clearwater, Fla., has been projected to be drafted as high as the second round in the NFL Draft.

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