Whitehurst: The Verdict Is In

Clemson quarterback Charlie Whitehurst never fully knew if surgery would be the only solution to his ailing throwing shoulder. On Monday, he got his answer from famed orthopedist Dr. James Andrews, one of the top orthopedic and sports medicine authorities in the world.

Whitehurst had another MRI done in Birmingham, Ala., where Andrews' office is located and it was determined that the senior will not need surgery to fix his shoulder.

"We're not going to have to have surgery," Whitehurst said in an exclusive interview with CUTigers.com Monday night. "We were ready to have it if we had to have it, but it's not necessary."

Whitehurst said Andrews told him that rest should help cure the swelling in his shoulder, which has occurred since the Boston College game on Sept. 24.

"It's nothing real serious," Whitehurst said in a phone interview. "He said basically that it was overused and that it wouldn't be wise to do anything (surgically)."

The football team won't practice for another two weeks, but will run and lift during that time. The added rest should do his shoulder well.

"I have to think it's going to help," Whitehurst said. "The Florida State game was the best it felt after I had that one week off. You would think this would help it even more."

Earlier in the day, Tigers head coach Tommy Bowden said he didn't know if Whitehurst would attempt to play in the team's upcoming bowl game and that he would leave the choice up to him and his family.

"I'd say he and his dad have to make that decision," Bowden said. "I wouldn't want him to play in a bowl game it that would impede his draft status."

However, that all appears to be a moot point, with no structural damage in the shoulder. Whitehurst will practice and plans on playing in the bowl, which will be his final game as a Clemson Tiger.

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