UPDATE: According to NFL writer Eric Edholm, Sheffield did in fact suffer a torn left pectoral muscle. This will obviously end his combine, and will set him up for a difficult recovery, as he attempts to come back for the start of the NFL season.
I’m told Ohio State DB Kendall Sheffield suffered a torn left lector’s during his bench press — 6th or 7th rep — in an injury shockingly similar to C Billy Price last year— Eric Edholm (@Eric_Edholm) March 3, 2019
On Monday, the 2019 NFL Combine is set to wrap up with the defensive backs’ on-field workouts. The lone Ohio State alum scheduled to participate is Kendall Sheffield. A Big Ten track champion, Sheffield is expected to be one of, if not the, fastest player at the combine.
However, on Sunday, while bench pressing for scouts, Sheffield appears to have suffered an injury which appears to be frighteningly familiar to Buckeye fans.
Kendall Sheffield cries out in pain on his 7th rep, needs help getting the bar up. Grabbing his left pec.— Benjamin Solak (@BenjaminSolak) March 3, 2019
According to the Draft Network and SB Nation’s Benjamin Solak, on the seventh rep of his bench press, Sheffield screamed in pain, and needed assistance to get the bar re-racked.
At last year’s combine, OSU center Billy Price tore his pectoral muscle on the third rep of his bench press session, and while no official diagnosis has been revealed for Sheffield, it sounds painfully similar to what Price went through last year.
Price was able to defy the odds and make it back in time to start the season on time for the Cincinnati Bengals, although, he did suffer another injury that kept him out of six games of the 2018 season.
Sheffield was originally scheduled to meet with the media at 4:30 p.m. ET on Sunday, but as of now, there is no confirmation as to whether he will still be made available or not.
We wish Kendall the best, and hope that this won’t hamper his draft status.