The Pittsburgh Steelers' biggest rival has suffered a huge loss before the start of the 2016 NFL season.
Cincinnati Bengals' cornerback, and 2016 first-round pick, William Jackson III has suffered a torn pectoral, a source told NFL Network's Mike Garafolo.
The cornerback is now searching for a second opinion as to whether he'll be out for the entirety of the season or placed on injured reserve with a designation to return, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports.
Jackson was expected to compete against Dre Kirkpatrick and Adam Jones for one of the team's two nominal starting cornerback spots, and would likely be deployed in dime and nickel packages. Jackson was selected 24th overall by the Bengals in the 2016 NFL Draft out of Houston, where he recorded five interceptions in his senior year.
No timetable for Jackson's recovery has been issued, but he's expected to miss the start of the season, Garafolo reports.
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