Reports: Price hurt in combine workout


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INDIANAPOLIS

Former Austintown Fitch High School and Ohio State football star Billy Price sustained an upper-body injury on Thursday during a workout at the NFL scouting combine.

Price, who set an Ohio State record by making 55 consecutive starts on the Buckeyes’ offensive line, was participating in a bench-press drill when he felt pain on the left side of his chest and shoulder, according to reports, and was unable to continue.

Several reports Thursday night indicated that Price may have suffered a torn pectoral muscle and that the lineman was awaiting an MRI for confirmation.

Price is considered one of the top linemen in the 2018 draft and is a potential first-round selection.

Price was the Rimington Trophy winner as the nation’s best center in his first season at the position. His attractiveness as an NFL prospect stems in part because he can play multiple positions on the offensive line.

It is unknown how the apparent injury will affect Price’s draft stock. The draft is April 26-28 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

Price was expected to return to the Mahoning Valley this weekend after the combine.

An autograph event is scheduled Saturday at Everything Buckeyes store at the Eastwood Mall in Niles.

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