The Raiders made the move to cut Henry Ruggs on Tuesday night. Las Vegas announced the transaction, which comes shortly after the second-year wide receiver was arrested for his role in a fatal car accident Tuesday morning.
Ruggs is facing two felony charges for an accident Tuesday morning that left a woman dead. Las Vegas police say that Ruggs was impaired when his Corvette crashed into another car and killed the driver of another vehicle. Ruggs and a passenger in his vehicle were hospitalized. Upon being released from a Las Vegas-area hospital Tuesday, Ruggs was booked at the Clark County Detention Center.
Authorities identified the victim as a 23-year-old woman. The Toyota she was driving burst into flames, killing the woman and her dog, according to ESPN.com. Ruggs faces charges of DUI resulting in death and reckless driving, according to court records. The first charge carries a possible sentence of two to 20 years in prison. The second runs from probation to six years.
This marks a swift end to Ruggs’ tenure with the Raiders, and the former Alabama-developed prospect’s NFL career is obviously in serious jeopardy. Ruggs will head to waivers, although that will almost certainly be irrelevant here. The Raiders have a clear path to voiding the remaining guarantees on Ruggs’ four-year, $16.67 million rookie contract.