John Ross apparently played the bulk of last season with an injury that required surgery. If anyone dared question his toughness before, they better not do it now.
According to Ross’ agent, the speedy wide-receiver from Washington will undergo labrum surgery following the NFL Scouting Combine. He specifically pushed back the date of his surgery so that he would be able to participate in the drills and skills events that the NFL scouts will be watching so meticulously.
Ross is expected to participate in every event except the bench press at the combine.
Standing at 5-foot-11, and 179 pounds, nobody is really expecting Ross to break any records at the bench press anyway. He is more akin to a T.Y. Hilton type receiver, speedy and shifty and dangerous with the ball in his hand. That explosiveness currently has him going in the late first round or somewhere in the second round.
The injury, which appears to be minor if he played with it most of the season, shouldn’t change that projection.
Ross expects to be fully recovered and ready to participate in training camp. By the time the season rolls around, the surgery should be a blip in his rear-view mirror.