Bengals HC Marvin Lewis told reporters Thursday that first-round CB William Jackson will have surgery to reattach his pectoral muscle.
- According to Lewis, it’s still possible Jackson could return this season. (Albert Breer)
- Lewis added that the new injured reserve rules were put in place for situations like this, which implies Jackson could be a candidate for short-term I.R.. (Albert Breer)
Pro Football Talk is reporting that Bengals first-round CB William Jackson suffered a torn pectoral muscle.
- According to Ian Rapoport, Jackson, is seeking a second opinion to see if he’s out for the season or if he could be an option for short-term injured reserve.
- Adam Schefter mentions that this injury will put Jackson’s rookie season in jeopardy.
This is, obviously, disappointing news for the Bengals. Although, they have depth at cornerback, so it’s not as though they were relying on Jackson being a day-one starter this season.
Jackson, 23, was taken with the No. 24 overall pick after the Bengals after after the top four receivers — Corey Coleman, Will Fuller, Josh Doctson, and Laquon Treadwell — came off the board ahead of them. The Bengals not only managed to add depth at corner, but also prevented Jackson from ending up with the Steelers, who instead took CB Artie Burns.
According to OverTheCap.com, Jackson receives a four-year contract worth $9,705,648 to go along with a signing bonus of $5,258,652. The contract will include a fifth-year option for the team to consider in 2019.
During his senior season at Houston, Jackson recorded 43 tackles, 1.5 tackles for a loss, five interceptions with two of them being returned for touchdowns and an impressive 23 pass defenses.