After sustaining a pectoral injury while lifting in the bench press drill on Friday, former USC center Khaled Holmes was unable to participate in the offensive linemen field and position work outs during Saturday’s installment of the 2013 NFL Scouting Combine.
Pectoral injuries are common, but can be quite devastating to a player’s season. USC defensive end Devon Kennard tore his at the beginning of this past season, and was forced to sit out a year because of it. In regards to Holmes, it has not yet been made clear how severe the pectoral injury is, but it was enough to force him to withdraw from the bench press–one where athletes are tasked with lifting 225 pounds as many times as possible without stopping–after 13 reps.
In addition to Holmes, Rutgers tight end D.C. Jefferson–who only did three reps before stopping–injured himself during the bench press, and may have torn his pectoral muscle, per NFL.com. Kent State offensive guard Brian Winters also strained his pec, sustaining a similar injury to Holmes.
Of the centers, South Carolina’s T.J. Johnson completed the most reps, with 32.
USC’s Holmes is currently ranked 130th overall in CBSSports.com’s NFL Draft rankings and is projected to be selected in the fourth round.
On Sunday, former Trojan Robert Woods will put his skill set on display, as a part of the NFL Combine’s Wide Out, Running Backs and Quarterbacks events. As previously discussed, Matt Barkley will not throw in the Combine while his shoulder continues to heal.