Hours after Las Vegas Raiders fans got a scare from rumors about an injury to first-round draft pick Henry Ruggs III, the team has acknowledged the rookie wide receiver was reportedly involved in an off-field accident. Though the Raiders declined comment on the situation out of respect for Ruggs' "medical privacy," NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports the Alabama product was, in fact, hurt while recently helping a friend move, suffering an apparent cut or puncture.
Ruggs' wound is "not serious," per Rapoport. The wideout's father, Henry Ruggs Jr., echoed the sentiment to AL.com:
"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."
The Raiders are counting on the 21-year-old Ruggs to help inject serious speed into their restocked offense. Drafted 12th overall from the Crimson Tide, he ran the fourth-fastest 40-yard dash (4.27 seconds) in NFL Scouting Combine history in February. More importantly, he's expected to open his career as a starter in Jon Gruden's lineup, where quarterback Derek Carr has largely been regarded as a conservative signal-caller in recent years.
It's unclear whether Ruggs will miss any independent workouts as a result of his injury, but all indications are he'll be ready to go if/when the Raiders open in-person workouts either later this month or in July's training camp.