So this is weird, I've done a lot of searching but could not find any answers out there.
Occasionally the 'Workflow Status' column is blank, even though a workflow is "In Progress". Today, one of my users added 4 items, all four workflows started but one of them does not have anything in the status column. This is happening to multiple sites under the same site collection.
SharePoint 2010, there is only one workflow on the library, let me know if more detail is needed.