Bengals rookie John Ross is trying to fight back against the perception he’s injury prone, Paul Dehner Jr. of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
He knew his injuries. In January of 2015 he had surgery on his right lateral meniscus. In April of 2015 he had surgery for a torn ACL. Five games into last season he tore the labrum in his shoulder, played through it for nine games and underwent surgery in March after the Combine.
Yet, when people started texting about what was circulating it sounded quite different.
“People were saying I tore both my ACLs, I was playing on an MCL sprain,” Ross said during his arrival to Cincinnati after being selected No. 9 overall. “I had to go ask my doctors, I was like ‘Was this me?” I had to check my medical history. I don’t remember none of that happening.”
Eventually, Ross asked that his agent issue a statement with the specifics on the three injuries he endured during his four years at the University of Washington.
“It gets frustrating because you can play a whole season and injuries could happen several years ago,” Ross said. “I don’t feel the need to keep defending myself. Like I was telling the coaches you can get hurt doing anything, so I don’t really feel the pressure to defend myself.”
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