Bengals receiver John Ross was hiding injury, coach Marvin Lewis says

Lost season ends for first-round pick
Bengals receiver John Ross was hiding injury, coach Marvin Lewis says
Posted at 4:16 PM, Dec 07, 2017
and last updated 2017-12-07 16:58:01-05

CINCINNATI – Is John Ross a bust or just busted?

The lost season of the Bengals' first-round draft choice got even more bizarre Thursday. 

Bengals coach Marvin Lewis revealed that the once-heralded wide receiver, who missed most of the season with injuries, had been hiding a second shoulder injury from coaches in hopes of getting to play.

It wasn’t the right shoulder injury that Ross had surgery on before the draft, but a newer injury to his left shoulder, Lewis said.


After Ross revealed the injury Wednesday, the team put him on injured reserve for the rest of the season. Lewis made the disclosure during his Thursday morning show with Ross Tucker on SiriusXM.

Whether Ross turns out to be a first-round bust or the next Jerry Rice, you can be sure the Bengals never foresaw anything like this when they drafted him out of Washington. There were warnings that he was injury-prone, but he also came with the tag of "Fastest Player in the NFL" after running the fastest 40-yard dash in combine history.

Ross finished his rookie season with zero catches and just 12 yards gained on an end around. And he fumbled at the end of the play. 

Ross was on the field for just 17 plays in three games due to a knee injury along with his shoulder problems.

Ross also found himself in Lewis’ doghouse for cutting off a pass route that Lewis said could have led to a touchdown.