Clemson OL Ryan Norton out with sprained MCL

Clemson Tigers starting center Ryan Norton suffered a sprained MCL on Monday and will be out for Thursday night’s game against Louisville. Head coach Dabo Swinney made the announcement at a press conference today, and it was reported by Tony Crumpton of Tigernet.

“Ryan Norton got rolled up in our inside period last night…literally the reason I was late was that I just got off the phone with Danny Poole because we did an MRI this morning on him,” Swinney said. “Ya’ll know he has been kinda banged up with his one knee, this is his good knee. All his ligaments looked good, but it looks like he has a really good sprain on his MCL so he is definitely gonna be out this game and reevaluate him next week.

“Right now, they do not think there will be any surgery that is needed or anything like that so that’s a real positive for Ryan. Kinda a day-to-day and week-to-week type of deal so hopefully for the open date, he will hopefully not miss a lot of time. That’s the only new update on the injury front.”

Though it is great news that Norton will not miss any extended time, he is still a big loss for the team. Star quarterback Deshaun Watson is going to need all the protection he can get in his first season back from ACL surgery, and Norton is a former three-star recruit out of South Carolina.

Jay Guillermo should do fine filling in as he makes his second career start, but Clemson’s offense is going to have to be fully focused going up against a Louisville team that has gotten off to an unceremonious 0-2 start.

Come Thursday, I guess we’ll find out just how big a loss Norton truly is.

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