Earlier this month, reports surfaced that Las Vegas Raiders first-round pick Henry Ruggs III suffered an injury in an off-field accident. The Raiders declined comment on the situation out of respect for Ruggs' "medical privacy," but Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network reported that the former Alabama wideout was, in fact, hurt while recently helping a friend move. On Thursday, more reports surfaced regarding this incident.
According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, Ruggs was pinned between a trailer and a car while helping a friend move, and had to receive stitches in his thigh. Fortunately, Ruggs suffered no muscular damage and is expected to be ready for training camp whenever it begins. This development confirms Rapoport's original report, which stated that the wound was "not serious."
Ruggs' father echoed this sentiment to AL.com as well.
"He was trying to move a trailer or something -- move furniture or something -- and the trailer just kind of pinned him against a car or a wall or something," Ruggs Jr. said. "He's pretty much OK. I'm about to go out there and see him in a little bit. It was just like a little open wound on his leg, a little incision. Like something had stuck him right there on his thigh a little bit."
Ruggs was selected by the Raiders with the No. 12 overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft. He was the first wideout selected, and is expected to bring some serious speed to Jon Gruden's offense. The former Alabama star ran the fourth-fastest 40-yard dash (4.27 seconds) in NFL Scouting Combine history in February. During his three seasons in Tuscaloosa, Ruggs caught 98 passes for 1,716 yards and 24 touchdowns.