Dabo Swinney: Injured Clemson WR Justyn Ross ‘doesn’t need another season here’


CLEMSON, S.C. — Clemson wide receiver Justyn Ross, who will have surgery Thursday on a fractured foot, is headed for the NFL.

Tigers coach Dabo Swinney said Wednesday after practice that the fourth-year junior won’t return to the Tigers next season. Ross could heal in time to play in a bowl game but most likely would not jeopardize a setback prior to the NFL scouting combine Feb. 23-March 2 in Indianapolis.

“He doesn’t need another season here,” Swinney said. He’s going professional. He’ll be a great player. He is more than ready. He would have been there last year if he hadn’t been hurt.

“It’s not going to take him long to get back. … I don’t know if he could play in a bowl game or not, but he’ll definitely be ready to train and do what he needs to do for the combine and be ready to roll.”

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Clemson will play at noon ET Saturday against Wake Forest in Memorial Stadium and then finish the regular season next week at South Carolina.

Ross is considered a possible first-round draft pick. That’s where he was slotted after the 2019 season in which he had 66 catches for 864 yards with eight touchdowns. As a freshman, he had 1,000 yards and nine touchdowns.

He was diagnosed with congenital fusion in his neck last year during spring practice and did not get cleared to play until this season. Ross suffered a hairline fracture in his foot this preseason and has played through all 10 games with 46 catches for 514 yards and three scores.

“It’s amazing what he’s been able to do,” Swinney said. Swinney said, “His toughness and determination are unmatched.” What he’s put on tape for (NFL scouts) to see him play football kind of put their fears to rest.”

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