INDIANAPOLIS – Former Ohio State center Billy Price was expected to be among the top performers in the bench press at the 2018 NFL Scouting Combine.
An injury, however, prevented Price from making that happen.
After lifting the 225-pound bar just three times on Thursday at the Indiana Convention Center, Price winced in pain and reached for his left pectoral area, forcing him to bow out early. Price left the stage with a member of the medical staff.
According to The MMQB's Albert Breer, Price's injury is believed to be a torn pectoral, though he is waiting on an MRI to confirm.
Ohio State C Billy Price is believed to have a torn pec, per sources, and is waiting on an MRI to confirm. It happened on his third rep during the bench press at combine today.— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) March 2, 2018
Price, who was originally scheduled to speak to the media on Thursday, did not speak to the media after suffering the injury. An NFL Combine representative told reporters that Price would hopefully be able to meet with the media on Friday morning.
Price is widely projected to be one of the first centers selected in the 2018 NFL draft, but any injury of significance – especially if it prevents him from participating in Friday's on-field workouts for offensive linemen or at Ohio State's pro day later this month – could cause his draft stock to fall.
Eleven Warriors will have further updates on Price's injury and status for the rest of the combine as more information becomes available.