Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson didn’t make it to halftime Saturday as the Tigers hosted the Syracuse Orange.
The dynamic signal caller exited shortly before the intermission with an apparent shoulder injury after taking an awkward fall, landing on his throwing shoulder with two defenders draping him.
He went into the locker room in some amount of pain. It’s not yet known if he will be able to return.
Watson had been sharp in this game before being injured. He had completed 13-of-16 passes for 169 yards and two touchdowns passing, adding another 39 yards and a touchdown on the ground.
This throw by Deshaun Watson … wow. pic.twitter.com/KpyloXQPLX
— John Breitenbach (@eagleslinc) November 5, 2016
Obviously, the Tigers will likely be able to get past Syracuse, up 30-0 at halftime, without Watson.
Thankfully his injury doesn’t appear to be anything of significance.
Deshaun Watson (bruised shoulder) available to play in the second half, but will not start.
— Clemson Football (@ClemsonFB) November 5, 2016
The team’s College Football Playoff hopes lie squarely on his shoulders. With that in mind, keeping him healthy right now is the most important thing Clemson can do.