In his weekly press conference Tuesday, Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney didn’t offer many specifics about quarterback Kelly Bryant’s recovery from an ankle injury suffered in Week 6 against Wake Forest.
Swinney did, however, say that Bryant practiced on Monday and that he was “encouraged” by the progress he saw, according to TigerNet.com.
“It’s been good,” Swinney said. “He has responded to treatment, practiced all day yesterday and I was very encouraged.”
Bryant left the Tigers’ 28-14 win in the third quarter. After the game, Bryant was seen in a walking boot.
“I didn’t want to force it and make it worse than it was, so we tried sideline running on it and it wasn’t feeling too good so I didn’t wanna rush it and try to get back out there and hurt myself more,” Bryant told reporters following the game.
As Manie Robinson of GreenvilleOnline.com points out, Swinney may be borrowing a page from the book of Wake Forest coach Dave Clawson.
Clawson didn’t reveal that the Demon Deacons’ starting quarterback, John Wolford, had injured his shoulder and couldn’t play in Saturday’s contest until the day of the game. As a result, the Clemson defense hadn’t prepared to face backup Kendall Hinton.
While the Clemson defense was more than up to the challenge, not allowing Wake Forest to score until the fourth quarter, Swinney may try to turn the tables and keep Syracuse coach Dino Babers guessing about Bryant’s availability this week.
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