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Clemson Tigers' Hunter Renfrow (13) breaks free from Louisville Cardinals' Keith Brown (1) and scores the touchdown during their game at Papa John's Stadium in Louisville, Kentucky. Photographer: John Sommers/Icon Sportswire

Clemson loses Hunter Renfrow to broken bone in hand

(John Sommers/Icon Sportswire)

Hunter Renfrow’s setback is more severe than previously believed, and the Clemson wide receiver will now miss approximately a month of action.

The sophomore pass-catcher suffered a broken bone in his right hand while making a touchdown grab during the Tigers’ closer-than-expected victory over Troy on Saturday, and the injury is expected to sideline Renfrow for around a month, Aaron Brenner of the Post and Courier (S.C.) reports.

Clemson’s staff initially thought this injury would be diagnosed as a bruised thumb, but an MRI Monday night revealed a more extensive problem. Per Brenner, it’s a cracked bone below the right thumb that will be at the root of Renrow’s looming absence.

Clemson hosts Division I-FCS school South Carolina State this coming Saturday and begins ACC play against Georgia Tech in Atlanta next Thursday. The following weekend, though, could pose a bigger problem since No. 10 Louisville will be making the trek into South Carolina for a high-stakes clash. Brenner targeted the Tigers’ October 15 game against North Carolina State or, after a bye, the highly anticipated Oct. 29 duel with Florida State for a potential return.

Renfrow has just four catches this season, for 62 yards, but the second-year player has snared five touchdown passes in the Tigers’ previous four games. Memorably, he caught two in Clemson’s 45-40 national championship game loss to Alabama in January.

Sophomore Trevion Thompson sits behind Renfrow on the depth chart, and Clemson has two players — Artavis Scott and Mike Williams — with 10-plus catches on the season.

A sliding 35-yard touchdown catch did the damage for the wideout, whose season will now have a clear line of demarcation.

Clemson loses Hunter Renfrow to broken bone in hand

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