For the Clemson Tigers, Saturday was one of the worst days of their 2014 season. Not only did they fall to their conference rival Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets, but more importantly could have lost their starting quarterback for the remainder of the season. In his first start since breaking his right throwing hand, Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson was seen grasping his knee during the first quarter of Saturday’s loss.
With the help of the training staff, Watson was able to walk off the field under his own power. Still, Watson was not out of the woods yet, and the medical staff continued to test the true freshman quarterback, finding major weakness in his stability. The team feared Watson had torn a ligament in his knee, but news reports broke Sunday night that the injury is considered an LCL sprain and knee bruise. The Tigers also heard positive news about lineman David Beasley, who also suffered a knee injury and learned that he has Patella Tendon inflammation.
“We received some great news tonight,” head coach Dabo Swinney said Sunday night. “Both players are not seriously injured, something we feared Saturday. They are listed as day-to-day and their status will be evaluated later this week.”
Most people close to the program foresaw the worst for Watson but coach Swinney described the injury as “serious” and stated he would return stronger next season. In remains unclear how long Watson will be out, but the Clemson offense, which has been mediocre without Watson in the lineup, must find a way to put points on the board. The top dual threat quarterback in the 2014 recruiting class has thrown for 1,203 yards, 12 touchdowns and two interceptions in his rookie campaign and should be able to take a week off before the Tigers take on Georgia State this weekend.
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