Las Vegas Raiders wide receiver Henry Ruggs was involved in an accident on Monday.
The Las Vegas Raiders have had somewhat of a quiet offseason since the conclusion of the 2020 NFL Draft. But on Monday, one of their most prized offseason additions was involved in a scary off-field accident.
As first reported by AL.com’s Wesly Sinor, first-round pick Henry Ruggs suffered a laceration on his thigh attempting to load furniture into the back of a trailer. Fortunately, it doesn’t appear as though the injury is too severe.
But that doesn’t mean that the incident is any less frightening.
His father was the first to reach out with a comment and below is what he told Sinor in their interview.
"“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. 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 important takeaway here is that Ruggs said that his son is “OK.” There were rumors swirling earlier in the day when less information was available that the injury could have been much worse.
Fortunately, it appears as though Ruggs will make a full recovery. His dad did later say that he is walking on crutches for the time being and trying not to put weight on his leg. But with in-person training camp still over a month away, there’s plenty of time for him to recover.
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The Raiders will need Henry Ruggs to fill a big role in their offense in 2020.
The Raiders will be expecting big things from Ruggs in 2020 after the team used their first of two first-round picks on the speedy wideout from Alabama. In an offense lacking firepower, Ruggs will be tasked with adding a dynamic element to Jon Gruden’s offense that wasn’t present last year.
Pairing him alongside the also speedy Tyrell Williams will create a dynamic duo of receivers who can stretch the field against opposing defenses. Of course, that will require the Raiders to pass downfield more often — but that’s another story.
Ruggs should play an integral role in the Raiders’ offense in 2020 and beyond if he could live up to his pre-draft hype.
And for the sake of both the team and is well-being, let’s just all be glad that this appears to be nothing more than a freak accident with no future implications.