Female Kicker’s NFL Tryout Lasts Two Kickoffs Before Injury

Lauren Silberman, the first woman to participate in a National Football League regional tryout, attempted just two kickoffs yesterday before her audition was ended by a quadriceps injury.

Silberman, a 28-year-old New York City resident who played club soccer at the University of Wisconsin, said she aggravated an injury she suffered last week while training. Her first two kicks at the New York Jets’ training complex in Florham Park, New Jersey, traveled 19 yards and 13 yards, NFL.com reported.

“It was a frustrating day because I wanted to show the world how well I could kick,” Silberman, who met with trainers after her second kick, was cited as saying by NFL.com. “I kept trying to work through it, but between the pain and the risk of further injury, I thought it was best to stop.”

The NFL holds 11 so-called regional combines through January and April to supplement the league’s national scouting combine and provide an opportunity for players to display their skills before NFL talent evaluators. St. Louis Rams kicker Greg Zuerlein was among the four players drafted after attending the NFL’s 2012 regional combines, while another 83 were signed as free agents.

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