Ohio State’s last product slated to participate in the NFL scouting combine had his weekend ended before it really got started.
He grabbed his left pectoral muscle in apparent pain with tears, according to reports of multiple media members on hand for Sheffield’s bench press.
The result, NFL Network’s Kimberly Jones reported Monday on the television broadcast, was a torn pec, keeping him off the field for the 40-yard dash or on-field workouts at 9 a.m.
Later that day, Jones spoke to Sheffield, who was sporting a sling on the field while watching defensive backs go through drills and told her that he would not need surgery.
ESPN’s Josina Anderson further added Monday that Sheffield planned to have a follow-up MRI in Houston.
According to Anderson, Sheffield was “very disappointed” because he had been clocking 40-yard-dash times in the high-4.2-second range throughout the past two months of combine training.
After the injury, Sheffield did not make his 4:30 p.m. availability with the media Sunday as he tended to tests.
Projected as one of the combine’s fastest players, Sheffield had been drawing attention to Monday’s session with the defensive backs after three former OSU wide receivers stole the 40-yard-dash show Saturday with times in the top eight for the position.
The 5-11, 3/8, 198-pounder from Missouri City, Texas, became the second Ohio State product in as many years at the combine to suffer a torn pec on the bench press.
Former Buckeyes offensive lineman Billy Price (2013-17), whom the Cincinnati Bengals selected with the 21st overall pick in the first round of the 2018 NFL draft, had the same injury on the bench press at the combine last March.
The abrupt end to Sheffield’s time in Indy finishes an otherwise strong weekend for OSU at the combine with Nick Bosa, Parris Campbell, Johnnie Dixon, Dwayne Haskins, Dre’Mont Jones, Michael Jordan, Terry McLaurin, Isaiah Prince and Mike Weber among its 10 former players.