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Raiders' Henry Ruggs III Will Be Ready for Camp Despite Leg Injury

Blake SchusterAnalyst IJune 11, 2020

Alabama wide receiver Henry Ruggs III (11) caries the ball against Auburn during an NCAA college football game Saturday, Nov. 30, 2019, in Auburn, Ala. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)
Butch Dill/Associated Press

The Las Vegas Raiders expect wideout Henry Ruggs III to be ready for training camp after he suffered a leg injury last month, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

Ruggs was reportedly helping a friend move when he became pinned between a trailer and a car. He required stitches to his thigh but avoided damage to his muscles, per Schefter.

The first receiver selected in the 2020 NFL draft, Ruggs fell to the Raiders at No. 12 and became one of four Alabama players taken in the first round. 

In three seasons with the Crimson Tide, Ruggs appeared in 40 games, racking up 98 receptions for 1,716 yards and 24 touchdowns. Already one of the top prospects in the class, Ruggs ran a 4.27-second 40-yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine in February.

That was all the Raiders needed to see, as general manager Mike Mayock explained on conference call after making the pick (h/t ESPN's Paul Gutierrez):

"The distinguishing factor really was [Ruggs'] speed, his explosion and his work ethic. When you're in the division we're in and you look at Kansas City and you look at what they have on offense and what their explosion looks like, we needed to get faster and we think that his addition opens up our entire offense.

"He can run the deep routes. He also gets the manufactured touches, the bubble screens, the jet sweeps. I think if you force defenses to roll coverage, it opens up our run game. You respect our deep routes, it opens up [tight end] Darren Waller. I just think it does an awful lot of things for us offensively, and I think the most important thing is I think Coach Gruden and the staff will get everything out of him."

Ruggs' father told Wesley Sinor of AL.com that his son has been using crutches immediately after suffering the injury.

The Raiders previously declined to comment on the injury, deferring to Ruggs' privacy. 

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