CINCINNATI -- Bengals first-round pick William Jackson III will miss time as he rehabs a torn pectoral muscle, a source confirmed to ESPN's Adam Schefter on Tuesday. It appears his rookie season could be in jeopardy.
The cornerback, selected 24th overall this spring, was hurt late in Cincinnati's practice Monday afternoon, and he wasn't present at Paul Brown Stadium on Tuesday. A source also told ESPN that the team may look to get a second opinion on the injury.
While the injury will certainly delay Jackson's growth into the Bengals' system, it shouldn't have a major effect on the team's plans at the cornerback position this season. Adam Jones and Dre Kirkpatrick were already slated to start the season at the boundary corner positions, and third-year corner Darqueze Dennard has been expected to take the majority of reps at the slot corner position in nickel defenses.
Dennard (ankle) was also hurt Monday, but defensive coordinator Paul Guenther said he didn't anticipate that injury keeping Dennard out of training camp for long.
Jackson was drafted in the first round in hopes of helping the Bengals bolster their long-term secondary depth. Although Jones was signed to a three-year extension this March, he is coming up on his 33rd birthday next month. Kirkpatrick could hit free agency after this season if the Bengals don't agree to a new contract sooner.
At Houston, Jackson led all college defensive players with 28 defended passes in 2015. He also had five interceptions last year, including two in a 10-tackle effort in the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl win over Florida State.
If Jackson is out for a significant amount of time, the Bengals could return to the idea of re-signing free agent corner Leon Hall.
The 31-year-old was a Bengals first-rounder in 2007. Cincinnati let him hit free agency this offseason after he counted $9.6 million against the Bengals' cap last season. A pair of Achilles injuries in 2011 and 2014 slowed Hall in recent seasons. Still, his possible return would give the Bengals a veteran on the back end of the cornerback depth chart who already knows their system and staff.