DEANDRE HOPKINS UPDATE: Swinney said Hopkins was still sore after landing on Marcus Gilchrist while making a catch during Wednesday's practice. The freshman wide receiver spent the night in the hospital for "precautionary reasons." Hopkins' status for Saturday is questionable, and he will be a game time decision.
"I'm just thankful that's not anything that's going to be long-term. I didn't know what it was. They had all kind of things in their head when they were wheeling him out of here," Swinney said. "He couldn't even breathe, but it turned out to be a muscular kind of deal."
Hopkins was limited in practice Thursday, because he was still sore.
If he's unable to go, Jaron Brown and Bryce McNeal will be the starting two wide receivers, and Marquan Jones would be the third.
"I don't know if it's a bruise, a muscular spasm, or what. It may be just a bruise in the muscle," Swinney said. "It was a scary deal. They had a lot of things they had to rule out, before they figured out what it was. I'm just thankful that he's OK, and it's not something that's going to be a long-term kind of deal."
A BAD REPEAT: Consecutive seasons with 2-3 starts couldn't be more frustrating for Chris Hairston.
"We went up to Maryland and played a terrible game of football, a football game that we had no chance of winning," he said. "This year, I feel like we've had the fight. We've had the effort. We've put ourselves in position to make plays. At the same time, we haven't made enough of them. That's the difference between last year and this year.
"Last year, we weren't even in position to win that game at Maryland, however close the scoreboard may have looked."
With seven games left of the schedule—six of which are conference games—Hairston said this Saturday is an opportunity to make a statement.
"I know who we have on our team. I know we have guys that are going to fight. This is just a game where we've got to go out and show everybody else," he said.
TACKLES AT LINEBACKER: For a third week in a row, Corico Hawkins will see more of a "traditional" offense.
"Just like North Carolina, they're going to run the ball downhill. It's going to be up to us to make the plays," Hawkins said, "put the weight on our shoulders."
Against North Carolina, Hawkins, Brandon Maye and Quandon Christian led Clemson in tackles with seven, seven and six, respectively.
"The linebackers should have a pretty successful day [against Maryland], as far as stats go," Hawkins said.
Swinney updates Hopkins' condition
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