CLEMSON, SC (NWN) — Clemson will be without leading receiver Justin Ross for this week’s game, who has No. 13 Wake Forest with a leg injury.
Tigers coach Dabo Swinney said on Tuesday that Ross would need surgery on his leg. Swain said Ross had been working the entire season because of the strain on his leg. “Astonishing that he is able to play 10 games,” the coach said.
Clemson (7-3, 5-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) closes out his home season on Saturday against the Demon Deacons (9-1, 6-0), who could clinch the ACC Atlantic Division with a win.
Ross is the latest major offensive player to miss time for the Tigers this season, following offensive line starter Matt Bockhorst and tight end Brayden Galloway, who are both out of season-ending injuries.
Swinney said Ross would need a screw in his leg. He said Ross is likely to have surgery this week, although he can wait to see how he feels and will likely play in a season-ending rivalry game with South Carolina on November 27.
He has 46 catches for 514 yards and three touchdowns, an all-time high on the team this year.
Ross is 6-foot-4, 205-pound junior from Fenix City, Alabama. He had 112 catches for 1,865 yards and 17 touchdowns before missing 2020 due to spinal fusion surgery.
Ross returned this season. He is considered a potential first-round NFL Draft pick, should he choose to go pro.
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