Austin Bryant, one of Clemson’s starting defensive ends, will be out several weeks after breaking his fifth metatarsal in his right foot in practice on Monday.
Clemson tweeted the news on Austin Bryant this afternoon. The 6-foot-4, 265-pound sophomore will miss the team’s opening game against Auburn as well as contests against Troy and South Carolina State.
— Clemson Football (@ClemsonFB) August 16, 2016
Bryant suffered the injury Monday night and had surgery to repair the fracture today.
“It was a freak accident at practice on Monday night,” said head coach Dabo Swinney. “He had a simple procedure today. It is the same injury he had in high school, but on the other foot. The positive is that he will be back. We hope to have him back by the Georgia Tech game (Sept. 22 in Atlanta). We just hate to lose him because, even though he is a sophomore, he was our most experienced defensive end.”
As a freshman in 2015, Bryant recorded 23 tackles and 1.5 sacks in a reserve role. With Shaq Lawson injured in the Capital One Orange Bowl, Bryant came off the bench to compile eight tackles and half a sack.
Clemson opens its 2016 season on the road against Auburn on Sept. 3. Kick-off is set for 9 p.m. ET on ESPN.