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.