Clemson receiver Justyn Ross will miss the 2020 season because of a neck and spine injury.
Coach Dabo Swinney announced the injury in a teleconference Monday. The Athletic reports Ross will have surgery Friday.
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Breaking injury update from Clemson: Justyn Ross is going to have surgery Friday. When he had an X-ray after the spring injury, he learned he was born with something called congenital fusion. He will not play this season.
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Swinney also said there is no guarantee Ross will be able to play football again. Ross was ranked No. 7 on Sporting News’ top 50 big board for the 2021 NFL Draft.
That is a significant blow for Clemson, which is ranked No. 1 in SN’s preseason top 25.
Ross emerged as one of the best deep-threat receivers in the FBS the past two seasons. He caught 46 passes for 1,000 yards and nine TDs as a freshman, and he had 66 catches for 865 yards and eight TDs as a sophomore. He was expected to be Trevor Lawrence’s No. 1 target in the passing game for the Tigers.