Posted by Adam Jacobi
[UPDATE: Kyle Parker is indeed back in the game, albeit clearly limited. Meanwhile, his Tigers have blown their 17-0 lead. It's now tied at 17.]
[UPDATE, 10:00 p.m.: Parker has just led Clemson on a game-tying drive. With 12:36 left, it's 24 apiece.]
With the Clemson Tigers nursing a 17-10 lead in the second half at Auburn, Clemson can ill afford the loss of a key player. And yet, that exact situation may come to pass, as quarterback Kyle Parker was hurt while trying to rush for a first down.
Parker fumbled the snap on a third-and-eight, and after picking the ball up, Parker took off from the pocket. He was well short of the first down when he dove forward--something quarterbacks are routinely discouraged from doing for this exact reason--and received a helmet to the kidneys as he hit the ground.
Parker was in immediate and severe pain, and he struggled just to walk off the field on his own power. But luckily for the Tigers, initial reports are that he merely had the wind knocked out of him, and Parker may not actually miss an offensive snap.