After discovering that Henry Ruggs of the Las Vegas Raiders was involved in the car accident that cost someone their life, the promising young wideout out of Alabama was arrested for DUI, with some potentially dire consequences ahead.
In the wake of the news about Ruggs, the Raiders did their due diligence on the situation and ultimately concluded it was better to part ways. As a result, the storied NFL franchise released a statement late on Tuesday to announce they’ve released Ruggs.
With all the news pouring in today and the situation getting worse and worse for Ruggs in terms of being impaired at the time of the accident, the Raiders releasing the former first-round pick seemed inevitable.
Ruggs began to come into his own in his sophomore season with Raiders after a disappointing rookie campaign in Las Vegas. He was quickly becoming one of Derek Carr’s favorite targets in the offense and was arguably one of the best deep threats in the NFL.
The Raiders will not only lose a promising star on the rise and a valuable downfield weapon for Carr, but Ruggs’ professional football career is likely over. An unfortunate turn of events for a player with a bright future, but yet another reminder to never get behind the wheel if you are intoxicated, especially with all the ride-sharing services available today.
In seven games this season, Ruggs caught 24 passes for 469 yards and two touchdowns. However, his career potentially ends with only 20 games played for the Raiders with a total of 50 receptions, 921 yards and four touchdowns.