Injury Bug Strikes Again
Starting MIKE linebacker Leroy Hill missed practice this afternoon with an ankle injury. "He did not practice today," head coach Tommy Bowden announced after practice.
The injury, which actually occurred yesterday, was not believed to be serious until Hill checked in with the team earlier this morning.
"He tweaked it, but I guess it's more than a tweak now. It would be Dunham and Waters starting, (should Hill miss Saturday)" Bowden said.
Bowden added that he is unsure whether or not Hill will play on Saturday against Wake Forest.
"Based on experience, with him doing nothing today, on a Tuesday, it would be 50-50," said Bowden. "A lot depends on what he can do tomorrow. He hasn't been hurt very much, but someone stepped on it and he tried to turned on it."
Hill led the Tigers in tackles with 145 and in tackles for loss with 27 during the 2003 regular season. His tackles for loss total led the ACC and ranked in the top three in the nation.
Ironically, Hill had received limited action during preseason scrimmages to try and avoid injury.
There was some good news on the injury front today, as Bowden said that three of his former injured players should be ready to go on Saturday.
"Michael Collins is about 90%," said Bowden. "And Vontrell Jamison and Chip Myrick should both play Saturday."
Collins missed two weeks with a quad injury, Jamison missed two weeks of practice with a broken arm, and Myrick missed more than 10 practices with a bad case of mono.
Collins is listed on the second team at receiver, Jamison is a second team defensive end, and Myrick is an offensive guard. None of the three players are expected to start.
Bowden said that his kickers are still even and probably will be at least for one more day...Both kickers missed on attempts today after converting on every field goal attempt Monday...Gates on Saturday will open one and a half hours before kick-off, not two hours as in year's past...Clemson event manager Van Hilderbrand said he expects a crowd of 75,000-76,000 Saturday.
The Tigers will continue practicing tomorrow afternoon. All practices are closed to the general public.
Leroy Hill Misses Practice
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