Henry Ruggs Jr, the father of Raiders’ first-round pick Henry Ruggs III, tells Wesley Sinor of AL.com that his son injured his thigh while moving items into the back of a trailer.
“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,” Henry 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 Jr added that his son hasn’t met with a doctor yet, but “feels OK.”
“With this COVID-19 stuff still going on, they wouldn’t let anybody in,” Ruggs Jr. said. “He’s just having to walk on crutches. Not putting as much pressure on it.”
While Ruggs sustained a cut or puncture wound, it’s not considered serious and Rapoport says Ruggs is okay.
The Raiders released a statement via Vic Tafur saying: “The are aware of a report regarding an off-field injury to Henry Ruggs III. Respecting Henry’s right to medical privacy, the team will not be commenting on the report.”
Tafur mentions the injury appears to be to Ruggs’ thigh.
Ruggs, 21, was a two-year starter at Alabama. The Raiders used the No. 12 overall pick in the first round of this year’s draft on him.
Ruggs is projected to sign a four-year, $16,671,626 contract that includes a $9,684,819 signing bonus. The contract includes a fifth-year option for the Raiders to pick up for the 2024 season.
During his three-year college career at Alabama, Ruggs caught 98 passes for 1,716 yards receiving and 24 touchdowns to go along with 75 yards rushing on two carries and one touchdown over the course of 40 games. He also totaled 525 kick return yards and 46 punt return yards.
We’ll have more on Ruggs as the news is available.