The Clemson Tigers are looking to repeat as national champions this year. But with so many contributors to last year's title off to the NFL, especially on the defensive end, a lot of players will have to step up. That prospect become a lot more difficult if some of the veterans are hurt before the start of the season.
According to TigerNet, defensive tackle Nyles Pinckney was carted off in practice on Thursday. The injury occurred during the final day of full scrimmage.
Fortunately, the initial worry was all for naught. David Hood of TigerNet reported later that it was nothing serious and that Pinckney is "good to go."
Pinckney is heading into his third season at Clemson after being a four-star prospect in 2016. Last year he appeared in 11 games and recorded 23 tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery.
The Tigers are going to need someone to step on the defensive line this coming year. Four of their defensive linemen from last year's team have since gone to the NFL.
To make matters worse, Clemson is having a bit of an issue with injuries at the moment. Eight players are currently sidelined for the foreseeable future, including several defensive linemen.
Dabo Swinney must have let out a huge sigh of relief when he saw that Pinckney's injury wasn't serious.