The NFL is a tough league, especially when you're a rookie going through your first professional practice.
Cody Core is learning that the hard way as the new Bengals receiver suffered a leg injury during Friday's rookie minicamp session. According to reporters at the practice, Core was likely dealing with cramps that forced him to leave the field. If that's the case, this shouldn't be a serious injury.
6th round pick Cody Core, WR, leaves on a cart. Was getting stretched out just before. #Bengals— Jay Morrison (@JayMorrisonCMG) May 6, 2016
WR Cody Core being taken off field on a cart after suffering some type of right leg injury during #Bengals rookie mini-camp— Richard Skinner (@Local12Skinny) May 6, 2016
6th Rd pick Cody Core is being taken off the field on a cart. Right leg. #Bengals— Jim Owczarski (@JimOwczarski) May 6, 2016
Looks like Core got carted off with one of those first day cramps— Geoff Hobson (@GeoffHobsonCin) May 6, 2016
Still, you never like to see the cart coming out for a player, not to mention for a player like Core going through his first NFL practice. He was the Bengals' sixth-round pick in the 2016 NFL Draft, and he's expected to help fill the team's thinnest position prior to the draft, wide receiver.
The 6'3", 205-pounder caught 78 passes for 1,202 yards and 10 scores over the past two seasons in Oxford at Ole Miss. In 2015, Core ranked fifth among SEC players and 33rd nationally with 17.4 yards per catch. He finished second on the team behind Laquon Treadwell with 644 receiving yards.
In four years at Ole Miss, Core caught 83 passes for 1,297 yards and 10 touchdowns. Let's hope this is nothing and he'll be back on the field very soon.
Update (5:44 pm):
Core should be just fine!
#Bengals had one player leave today's rookie camp practice early. Cody Core, the sixth-round WR, needed an IV (cramp), Marvin Lewis said— Coley Harvey (@ColeyHarvey) May 6, 2016