The only real news out of Richmond over the past three weeks has been the absence of rookie wide receiver Josh Doctson. The TCU standout's Achilles injury sustained during organized team activities kept him out of minicamp and landed him on the physically unable to perform list during training camp. The first round pick bug seems to be an epidemic this season as several notable talents are or have been sidelined with varying severity injuries.
- No. 1 overall pick Jared Goff (shoulder): The top pick was pulled early from the Rams' preseason opener after tweaking his non-throwing shoulder. The injury is not expected to be serious.
- No. 2 overall pick Carson Wentz (ribs): The North Dakota State product suffered a hairline fracture in his ribs in Philadelphia's preseason opener but hopes to return before the end of the preseason.
- No. 4 overall pick Ezekiel Elliott (hamstring): After missing five practices and the first preseason game of the year, the Cowboys saw the Ohio State back participate in walkthroughs on Monday and expect Elliott to return to practice on Tuesday.
- No. 5 overall pick Jalen Ramsey (knee): When the Florida State corner torn his meniscus during rookie camp and missed subsequent OTAs and minicamp sessions, Ramsey looked destined for the PUP list. Luckily for the Jaguars, the defensive back avoided the PUP list and was cleared for training camp.
- No. 9 overall pick Leonard Floyd (heat): Chicago had a short scare with their pass rusher when Floyd left practice in late July on a cart, but the Georgia backer simply fell ill because of the heat.
- No. 10 overall pick Eli Apple (knee): The Ohio State defensive back underwent an MRI on his left knee following an injury in last Friday's preseason opener. The Giants are officially listing the rookie corner as day-to-day with a strained knee.
- No. 12 overall pick Sheldon Rankins (leg): The Saints interior presence took a hit with the defensive tackle expected to undergo surgery on his broken fibula Tuesday. Expected recovery time is about six weeks.
- No. 14 overall pick Karl Joseph (knee): One of the surprises of Oakland drafting the West Virginia safety so high was because Joseph was coming off of knee surgery, which has forced him to miss some training camp practices for maintenance.
- No. 15 overall pick Corey Coleman (hamstring): The Baylor receiver missed the Browns preseason opener due to his hamstring injury sustained a couple of weeks ago. Coleman's return to practice on Monday was overshadowed by Josh Gordon's return.
- No. 18 overall pick Ryan Kelly (shoulder): The one time Washington projected draftee strained his shoulder and would have missed the Hall of Fame game. Luckily for the Colts, their likely starting center returned to practice last week.
- No. 19 overall pick Shaq Lawson (shoulder): A month ago Louis Riddick reported the Clemson product could miss the entire season coming off of surgery, but last week Adam Schefter reported the pass rusher is expected back between Weeks 6 and 8 of the regular season.
- No. 24 overall pick William Jackson III (pectoral): The Houston corner was not expected to be a starter in the Bengals defense but his torn pec will cost him most, if not all, of the season.
- No. 29 overall pick Robert Nkemdiche (ankle): At the end of July, the Ole Miss interior pass rusher suffered a high-ankle sprain that landed him in a walking boot. He is expected to return soon.
Other notable rookies who were at one point linked to the Redskins as a draft pick at 21 include Reggie Ragland (knee) and Andrew Billings (knee). Ragland partially tore his ACL in early August and is expected to miss the entire season after undergoing surgery last week. Billings underwent surgery on Monday to repair a torn meniscus and is a candidate for the injured reserve designated to return list.
Although he is not suffering from an injury, third overall pick Joey Bosa is another first round rookie not participating for his team as he is in a major contract dispute with the Chargers.
Whether rookies are expected to contribute right away or not, missing practice time before your first season in the NFL is killer to a players development in the short and long term. Including Doctson, 45 percent (14 of 31) of the incoming first round class have gone or are continuing to go through injuries, a trend nobody wants to continue.
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