Jahmyr Gibbs is beginning his rookie season in the NFL as a member of the Detroit Lions. While expectations for the running back and Alabama star are high, it looks like he will miss part of his rookie minicamp due to an injury.

According to Dave Birkett with the Detroit Free Press, Detroit’s assistant GM Ray Agnew announced Gibbs might not take part in Saturday’s camp session because of a “tweak” to Gibbs’ ankle. Gibbs was active and participated in Friday’s session and the general consensus is that the team is just being cautious with the No. 12 overall pick in the draft.

Hopefully this does prove to be just a minor setback for Gibbs. It’s never great to see a young player sidelined this early in the process, but there’s no point in assuming the worst or pushing too hard with full training camp and the season still months away.

Rookie outlook for Jahmyr Gibbs

Heading into the draft, Gibbs had begun to receive first-round projections from some analysts, but the Lions still turned heads when they traded up to the No. 12 pick to select Gibbs as the second RB off the board. Detroit further cemented some high expectations for Gibbs by trading D’Andre Swift to the Philadelphia Eagles before the draft was over.

Determining how exactly Gibbs fits into the offense is to be determined, but the Lions will likely deploy him in some sort of hybrid role to maximize his ability with the ball in his hands in the open field. That could lead to some big numbers early on for Gibbs in an offense that was top 5 in scoring during the 2022 season.