Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson appeared to injure his right shoulder against Syracuse on Saturday.
Clemson star quarterback Deshaun Watson, one of the leading contenders for the Heisman Trophy this year, injured his right shoulder near the end of the first half of his team’s game against Syracuse on Saturday. Watson, after scrambling up the middle for a 13-yard-gain, was tackled by two Orange players. He took himself out of the game by motioning to his shoulder to the coaching staff.
Watson is reportedly heading back to the locker room early to be looked at.
Deshaun Watson got hit hard at the end of his 13-yard run. Threw one pass, then took himself out. Shoulder issue. Throwing on the sideline.
— Aaron Brenner (@Aaron_Brenner) November 5, 2016
Deshaun Watson is going to locker room with team's medical staff. They are looking at his right shoulder.
— Larry Williams (@LarryWilliamsTI) November 5, 2016
Watson, on the day, is 13-of-16 for 169 yards and two touchdowns. He’s also run for 39 yards and a score. On the season, he’s thrown for 2,328 yards and 22 touchdowns against just 10 interceptions.
There’s no word yet on Watson’s status, but we’ll keep you updated. Obviously, he’s crucial to Clemson’s success moving forward.
Update: Clemson has offered an update on Watson’s status. He’s apparently available, but won’t start the second half. They’re calling it a “bruised shoulder.”
Deshaun Watson (bruised shoulder) available to play in the second half, but will not start.
— Clemson Football (@ClemsonFB) November 5, 2016
Translation? Clemson is up 30-0, so the Tigers won’t risk it. If the game were close, perhaps it’d be a different story.