Thursday Practice Insider

CLEMSON – Everyday it seems there always tons of new information regarding old injuries and new ones emerging from practice. Thursday night was no different as another well known Clemson football player went down with what could be a serious injury.

Redshirt sophomore running back Ray Ray McElrathbey severely twisted his left knee in a non-contact drill and had to be carted off the field to the locker room. The full extent of his injury won't be known until an MRI is performed Friday morning.

"It just gave out," he said. "I didn't feel a pop or anything, but it hurt really bad at first."

Tigers head coach Tommy Bowden said even if McElrathbey is out for a prolonged period of time that he doesn't know if he'll move someone else to running back.

Without McElrathbey, all that the Tigers have at that position are James Davis, C.J. Spiller, Sadat Chambers and Paul Macko.

"If he's out for a long length of time, I might have to rep somebody else," Bowden said. "I might just stay with four (backs), but if I got another injury, I might go and find another one."

However, Davis missed his second straight day of practice with what turned out to be nothing more than a bruised right shoulder. It's not the same shoulder he hurt last season and Davis said he expects to practice Friday and scrimmage Saturday.

In other injury news, starting right offensive tackle Christian Capote, who has missed the last two few practices with a shoulder injury, is expected to return Friday, Bowden said.

Also, bandit Ricky Sapp (sprained ankle), defensive tackle Dorell Scott (sprained ankle), defensive end Jamie Cumbie (shoulder), offensive lineman Landon Walker (knee), defensive end Drew Traylor (foot), linebacker Brandon Maye (foot), defensive tackle Antwon Murchison (concussion) and linebacker Josh Miller (oral surgery), all missed practice on Thursday and will all be out until at least Monday.

QUICK HITS: It's no secret that being a copycat is a way of life in the coaching profession and Bowden makes no secrets that he's one of them. He said Thursday night that he doesn't expect any more two-a-day practices after speaking to Virginia Tech's Frank Beamer and Texas' Mack Brown.

"Coach Beamer is not doing any two-a-days during the preseason, and Coach Brown had just a couple and he practices the first half of practice outside and the second half in their indoor facility.

"Times have changed. When I was in school (at West Virginia) there were just 10 games. Today there are 12. My freshman year the first game was September 15. We would be just reporting today. Today everyone is on campus by the Fourth of July."

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