Hamlin to Test Foot This Week

CLEMSON – If all goes as planned, Michael Hamlin will make his return to the football field Saturday afternoon at Wake Forest. For Hamlin, it's a return he thought that might have to wait until next year.

Hamlin, who plays Cat safety, broke the fifth metatarsal bone in his left foot on the infamous play against Boston College where the referee used replay to overturn a ruled interception by Hamlin and give to the Eagles player.

It was only Clemson's second game of the season, but the redshirt sophomore thought he was gone for the rest of the season.

"I thought I was done for the year," he said. "Everything that went through my head was bad. I was just out of it. I didn't know what to think. I didn't know how to take it or nothing."

Hamlin was given the clearance Sunday morning to play next week against the undefeated Demon Deacons. However, he's going to test the waters before committing to play.

He wants to make sure everything is as it should be.

"It's still sore, but it doesn't hurt as bad," Hamlin said. "It wouldn't stop me from playing. I can still feel it and I still know it's hurt, but it's not serious. …

"I'll probably try it out slowly (during practice), just trying to work out slowly and just see how the week goes. … I guess it depends on how I feel. If I don't feel comfortable during practice, I'll probably just wait until Temple."

Should Hamlin play, neither he nor C.J. Gaddis, who started at his safety position last week, knows how the starting lineup will shake out Saturday.

"Where ever the coach has me is fine," Hamlin said. "I'm just looking at a backup role right now. But if he sees me as a starter then I guess I'll start."

The odd thing is, Hamlin had no clue he had broken his foot on the play.

"When I got to the sidelines, it just gave out on me," he said. I had no idea. At first, I thought it was my ankle braces because it was aggravating my foot, anyways."

But after closely examining his foot, the doctor informed Hamlin it was broken, which was some of the worse news he could imagine.

Not being able to play was going to be more painful than the injury itself.

"Florida State week, I didn't even watch the game," he said. "Last week (against Louisiana Tech), it wasn't that bad, but it still hurts. It just makes you realize that you have to play like it's your last game because you never know when you're going down."

And just for the record, Hamlin said it was most definitely an interception.

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