Head coach Dabo Swinney said running back Andre Ellington will be out for the next couple of weeks because of a foot injury from the Boston College game. Immediately following the 16-10 loss, it was believed the ACC's fifth-leading rusher (85.5 yards per game) suffered a turf toe injury.
"He's probably going be out for a couple of weeks, for sure," Swinney said Sunday evening. "He's got a strained ligament in his foot, near his toe. It's creating a lot of pain for him. We've got to let that thing settle down and heal. Then, we'll know more.
"That's probably the biggest injury right there. Because I would say that he's probably out, for sure, at least a couple of weeks."
There were a few other notable injuries from Saturday.
Defensive Kourtnei Brown suffered a high ankle sprain. He's already ruled out for the upcoming game versus N.C. State.
"It's not as bad as David Smith's was, but we had an open date built in there for David, as well," Swinney said.
Wide receiver Jaron Brown rolled his ankle, but is "fine."
Swinney said Brandon Thompson was banged up against the Eagles, but he too should be OK.
Defensive tackle Miguel Chavis didn't play against Boston College because of a foot injury. He'll have a better chance of playing this Saturday after an MRI revealed there was no type of fracture.
Cornerback Byron Maxwell played against Boston College, but is still battling the turf toe injury he suffered against Georgia Tech.
The targeted return date for safety Carlton Lewis, who broke his jaw during practice last week, is the Florida State game.
The injury to Ellington will allow Roderick McDowell to see more touches. The redshirt freshman has 17 carries for 90 yards and a touchdown this season.
"Hot Rod has been kind of waiting for his opportunity," Swinney said. "Now, it's here. He'll get an opportunity to show what he can do this week. He's a young freshman that's shown some good promise in practices and things like that. He's still a maturing player. He ought to have fresh legs. I'm excited to see him play."
Backup quarterback Tajh Boyd has fresh legs, too.
"As far as Tajh goes, we've got him ready to play, and we won't be afraid to play him," Swinney said.
There was no indication of a change at the quarterback position.
"Kyle [Parker] did not play very well [against Boston College]. He's got to be held accountable for that," Swinney said. "I don't want to create some notion that he's been the reason we've lost four games."
When asked if Boyd would see more playing time this season, Swinney said, "Every game, for us, has been living and dying with every play.
"Coming into this season, no question Kyle gives us the best chance to win, no matter where we are. Tajh is just getting better and better. I wish that we had more opportunity, at this point, and we haven't had a lot.
"We've got a lot of opportunitystill left in this season. You want to do everything you can to win every game. That's for this year. That's what we're going to try to do. I hope that we'll be able to involve Tajh in that the rest of the way."
A change will be made at kicker.
Senior Richard Jackson will have first-team place kicking duties when practice gets back underway on Monday. Redshirt freshman Chandler Catanzaro went 1 for 3 on field goals against Boston College, making him 7 for 12 this season.
"Cat Man is a young player that's done some good things. I hate it for him, because he won the job on the practice field," Swinney said. "He's struggled a little bit. We've got a senior here that's been patient and hoping for another opportunity."
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