NFL Draft 2019: Mississippi State DT Jeffery Simmons tears ACL while trainingSporting News — (Gabrielle McMillen)
Former Mississippi State defensive tackle Jeffery Simmons, projected to be a first-round pick, tore the ACL in his left knee while training last weekend.
Simmons released a statement Tuesday afternoon on social media that confirmed earlier reports on his injury. He said he was hurt doing position drills in Boca Raton, Fla.
"I will undergo surgery early next week and then begin the rehab process," his statement read in part. "I am going to come back stronger and more determined than ever. If it is in God's will, no matter which team drafts me this April, I will work extremely hard to get healthy and become a leader in that organization."
Simmons wasn't going to be allowed to attend the NFL combine because of off-field issues.
At 6-4, 300 pounds, he was considered one of the best collegiate pass-rushers entering the draft. In the past two seasons at Mississippi State, he recorded 30 tackles for losses and seven sacks.
The injury, as NFL Network noted, raises more questions about Simmons, who was ranked a 5-star defensive end in the recruiting class of 2016 and the nation's No. 18 player overall but was arrested on charges of assaulting a woman before his arrival at Mississippi State.