Tag:Clemson Injury Report
Posted on: December 27, 2011 2:43 pm
 

DeAndre Hopkins questionable after auto accident

Posted by Chip Patterson

Clemson's explosive offense may be lacking one very important tool when they face West Virginia in the Orange Bowl on Jan. 4. DeAndre Hopkins, the Tigers' second-leading receiver, was injured in an auto accident Tuesday morning and did not join the team as they departed for Miami to begin preparations for the bowl game.

Hopkins was driving from his home to Memorial Stadium to join the team when the accident took place, the sophomore has been diagnosed with a mild concussion and officially listed as questionable for the season-finale against Mountaineers.

“First of all, we are relieved that DeAndre is going to be all right,” Head coach Dabo Swinney said in a prepared statement.  “He is lucky. We are told he does not have any serious injuries and we hope to have him join us soon. Obviously, DeAndre is one of the main parts of our offense and this would be a big loss if he is not able to play. 

“But, it is too soon to speculate one way or another on his status for the game eight days from now.”

"Nuke" Hopkins has recorded 70 receptions for 854 yards in 2011, the fifth most in the ACC but still second on his own team. But that's the way it goes when you line up opposite ACC Freshman of the Year Sammy Watkins.

As one of the "senior" - Hopkins is a sophomore - members of the Tigers' receiving corps, Nuke was Tajh Boyd's go-to for key 3rd down plays or whenever Watkins was slowed by injury. With eight days to recover from what sounds like minor shakeups, I'd still expect Hopkins to be out on the field in Sun Life Stadium next week.

Get all the latest on Clemson and West Virginia up until kickoff at the Orange Bowl Pregame

Keep up with the latest college football news from around the country. From the regular season all the way through the bowl games, CBSSports.com has you covered with this daily newsletter. | Preview
Posted on: October 28, 2011 10:43 am
Edited on: October 28, 2011 10:45 am
 

Clemson RB Ellington (ankle) game-time decision

Posted by Chip Patterson

Georgia Tech center Jay Finch isn't the only notable offensive starter likely receiving a scratch from Saturday night's showdown between the Yellow Jackets and undefeated Clemson. Running back Andre Ellington, who leads the Tigers with 745 yards rushing (5.1 yards per carry) on the season, is likely to sit out Saturday - according to CBSSports.com's Travis Sawchik.

"I think [Ellington] will be a game-time decision as far as how sudden he is and how explosive he is in warmups Saturday night," head coach Dabo Swinney announced after practice on Thursday. "D.J. [Howard] and Mike [Bellamy] will carry the load for us early, and hopefully things will go well."

Swinney explained that Ellington's ankle injury is "not anything severe" but could benefit from the extra rest for full recovery. Freshman D.J. Howard has already been named the starter, and freshman Mike Bellamy should see his touches increase significantly in Ellington's absence. Bellamy has reportedly been unhappy with his usage in Chad Morris' offense, and Saturday would be a great chance for the talented freshman to showcase his abilities to the coaching staff.

Ellington injured his ankle in the 59-38 win over North Carolina last week, but the Howard/Bellamy combo was not able to get going against the Tar Heel defense. Quarterback Tajh Boyd ended up throwing 46 passes before taking a seat to backup Cole Stoudt in the fourth quarter. Georgia Tech statistically has been vulnerable against the run, ranking 10th in the ACC in rushing defense giving up 170.25 yards per game. It sounds like Swinney wants to give the freshmen a chance to take advantage of the Yellow Jackets defense, leaving Ellington on an "as needed" status.

Keep up with the latest college football news from around the country. From the regular season all the way through the bowl games, CBSSports.com has you covered with this daily newsletter. | Preview
Posted on: October 8, 2011 5:38 pm
Edited on: October 8, 2011 8:29 pm
 

UPDATE: Tajh Boyd suffers hip injury against BC

Posted by Chip Patterson

UPDATE: Clemson has announced that Boyd's injury is a hip injury, not a leg injury.

Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd suffered a strained hip in Saturday’s 36-14 victory over Boston College. Boyd had X-rays at Memorial Stadium, then had an MRI at Oconee Hospital in Seneca on Saturday night. The X-rays and MRI were negative. His status for next Saturday’s game against Maryland in College Park would be termed questionable at this point. An update of Boyd’s status will be given this coming week.
Clemson starting quarterback Tajh Boyd has left Saturday's game against Boston College with an apparent left leg injury. Boyd was hit by Boston College defensive end Max Holloway as he completed a pass to Dwayne Allen inside the Eagles' 10 yard line. Boyd's leg appeared to buckle underneath him as he was brought to the ground, and the trainers were tending to his knee after he was helped off the sideline.

Boyd was carted to the locker room for X-rays, and his return to the game is not expected. He has been replaced by freshman Cole Stoudt. You can follow the rest of the game here.

Be sure to follow our Clemson Tigers Rapid Reports and keep it here at the Eye on College Football for more developments on Boyd's status as the week progresses.

Keep up with the latest college football news from around the country. From the regular season all the way through the bowl games, CBSSports.com has you covered with this daily newsletter. | Preview
Posted on: September 15, 2011 9:29 am
 

Clemson loses staring OL to shoulder surgery

Posted by Chip Patterson

Clemson offensive coordinator Chad Morris has been frustrated with the lack of physicality on the offensive line. The unit will need as much physical play as they can get, particularly after losing senior guard David Smith to a shoulder injury.

CBSSports.com's Travis Sawchik reports that Smith will have arthroscopic surgery on his shoulder and has been ruled out for Saturday, when Clemson welcomes Auburn to Death Valley. Smith, who has started every game since the beginning of the 2010 season, will be replaced by Mason Cloy. The school has given no timeline for Smith's return.

Clemson will be looking for revenge after Auburn escaped with a 23-20 overtime win in 2010. The game was a breakout moment in the season for an athletic junior college transfer named Cam Newton (you might have heard of him) and helped continue what has now become a 17-game winning streak. Gene Chizik's squad has taken on the role of a team that "finds a way to win," as evident by their close victories over Utah State and Mississippi State. Clemson has their own streak they are trying to break against Auburn, who has taken the last 14 from the Orange-clad Tigers.

Keep up with the latest college football news from around the country. From the regular season all the way through the bowl games, CBSSports.com has you covered with this daily newsletter. | Preview
Posted on: September 1, 2010 8:55 am
Edited on: September 1, 2010 8:59 am
 

Starting/Sitting: Ole Miss, Clemson

Posted by Chip Patterson

Yesterday we found out that the NCAA had denied Jeremiah Masoli's waiver request for immediate eligibility, leaving him sidelined for the 2010 season unless Ole Miss successfully appeals the decision.  The Rebels suffered another blow to their lineup on Tuesday, being forced to sit defensive end Kentrell Lockett for the season opener with a heart condition.

Lockett, the senior team captain, was sidelined from practice with an irregular heartbeat and after undergoing tests has been ruled out for the opener against Jacksonville State with no timetable of return.  There is no timetable for his return though he is in stable condition.
Head athletic trainer Tim Mullins said Lockett has a “rhythm problem” with his heart. He began experiencing it during Saturday’s scrimmage and was immediately cared for by local doctors. He has since seen heart rhythm specialists in Memphis and now in Cleveland, Ohio.Sophomore Gerald Rivers will start in Lockett's place and coach Houston Nutt mentioned that Jason Jones could expect to see some significant time as well.

"It’s all hands on deck," Nutt said. "You’ve got to work by committee now.”



In Ingram-esque knee surgery news, Clemson starting linebacker Brandon Maye will undergo arthroscopic knee surgery on Wednesday and miss the Tigers' season opener against North Texas on Saturday.  Maye participated fully in practice as recently as Monday, but head coach Dabo Swinney seems confident that he will return to the lineup, possibly in time for the Presbyterian game September 11.
"Brandon just finished the best camp of his career," said Swinney. "He had some swelling on Monday and Tuesday and after an MRI it was determined he needed arthroscopic surgery."Maye will be replaced by Tig Willard at weakside linebacker.  After redshirting the 2008 sesaon, Willard made 10 tackles in 32 special teams plays last season.  Willard also has a family tradition to uphold in Death Valley, being the nephew of former Clemson defensive tackle Richard McCullough. 



   

 
 
 
 
The views expressed in this blog are solely those of the author and do not reflect the views of CBS Sports or CBSSports.com