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William Jackson‘s NFL career is not off to the best start. Jackson, drafted No. 24 overall this year, will begin his career on injured reserve.

On Sunday, the Bengals announced that they placed Jackson, a cornerback, on IR. And that means, at bare minimum, the Bengals will be without their highest-drafted rookie for the first eight weeks of the season.

Jackson reportedly tore his pectoral at the beginning of August. As CBS Sports’ Jared Dubin explained at the time, that’s the kind of injury that often ends a season.

Torn pectorals typically knock players out for the year. Giants tackle Will Beatty sat out the entire season with the same injury last season, while Browns defensive end Desmond Bryant has already been declared out for the 2016 season with his torn pectoral as well. Players like Ryan Mallett, Jonathan Hankins, and others have been knocked out for the rest of the year after tearing their pectorals mid-season.

But, as Dubin went on to write, the Bengals are built to survive without their rookie. They already boast Adam Jones, Dre Kirkpatrick, and 2014 first-rounder Darqueze Dennard on the roster. Jackson would’ve contributed in his first season, but he likely wouldn’t have unseated one of the team’s starters.

With that being said, he might still have a chance to contribute, according to ESPN’s Adam Caplan.

The Bengals also sent key special teams contributor Cedric Peerman to injured reserve, so they’ll be forced to decide which player they want to activate later this season. They can’t activate both.

Sunday wasn’t the best day for young defensive players in the AFC North. The Steelers‘ first-round pick last year, linebacker Bud Dupree, also wound up on injured reserve.


Source: CBS Sports Headlines / Bengals’ first-round pick William Jackson lands on injured reserve