Deshaun Watson gave Clemson fans a scare when he left a blowout win over Syracuse in the second quarter. Watson also caused further concerns with reports that the quarterback had ice on his shoulder after his exit from the game.
However, those concerns can be put to rest for now as Watson calmed any injury speculation with a self-report of good health to reporters postgame. Watson confirmed that he was pain-free and that the ice on his shoulder is something that he does after every game to quell the worries of Tigers fans after the star quarterback left the game early.
The Tigers certainly didn’t need Watson after the second quarter as they were well in command of the game by the time their leader left the game. With a big lead before halftime, Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney could afford to take the injury precaution with his most valuable asset and made the right call to take his quarterback off of the field in a game where his team had a big cushion.
With Watson’s comments postgame, it appears his chances of making his expected start against Pittsburgh remain high despite his exit from today’s game. Clemson has two ACC games left before their regular season finale with South Carolina, and Watson’s health will be a key element if the Tigers are to keep their record perfect on their way to the ACC Championship Game. For now, the Clemson quarterback says he will be in the lineup until further notice as the Tigers continue their match towards redemption after their loss in the National Championship Game last season.