When Deshaun Watson left the Louisville game with an apparent injury to his throwing hand, there was natural concern his freshman season could be over.
After all, any injury forcing a signal caller out of action automatically creates a sense of uneasiness.
However Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney said Sunday he expects Watson to return, hopefully sooner rather than later.
"The bone he broke was very small in his finger," he revealed. "Top part. It's a quicker healing bone. But four screws will go in. We do expect him back this season. When? We don't know."
When asked about a specific time frame, Swinney said he could be back in time for the Georgia Tech game.
Clemson travels to Boston College this weekend before welcoming in Syracuse for homecoming. The Tigers then get a open date before a Thursday night tilt at Wake Forest.
Then comes the Yellow Jackets on November 15.
"It could be sooner or it could be later," Swinney admitted. "But the good thing is they won't cast it. He'll have a splint that is taken off everyday."
Swinney later added his freshman signal caller is holding up well considering the injury.
"He was disappointed, obviously because he never got a chance to get going in the game. He was excited about playing a great defense like Louisville," he said. "He's a great man with a great mentality. He knows there's nothing he can do about it. He just has to get better and get back to work."
Watson hit his throwing hand against an opposing helmet on a 9-yard run and came to the sidelines holding it during the second quarter of yesterday's win over Louisville.
He was sent off to the locker room and Clemson announced he would not return with a broken hand, yielding the offense to senior Cole Stoudt.
Watson watch is on
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