CLEMSON, S.C. (WACH) - The Clemson Tigers got some good news on Thursday. Freshman wide receiver T.J. Green does not have a torn ACL.
Clemson athletics officials say an MRI revealed the first-year player from Alabama has a sprained knee and a bone bruise. He will be out for a few weeks, but will be able to return this year.
Green suffered the knee injury in practice on Tuesday and missed the first day in full pads Wednesday while he saw a doctor to determine the extent of the injury.
"That is the best news I have had today," said coach Dabo Swinney. "We were fearful that he had suffered a season-ending injury.
Green is one of two first-year freshmen in camp. He scored nine touchdowns and averaged 22 yards per catch as a senior at Sylacauga High School last year.
Thursday was the second day of full pads practice and the entire workout was done inside the Clemson indoor facility.
Swinney again had to hold his breath when a player went down with an injury, but it was not serious. Freshman defensive lineman Scott Pagano suffered a leg injury. But x-rays show the player from Hawaii has a high ankle sprain and not a broken ankle. Walk-on freshman Zach Riggs suffered a knee injury, but it is not serious.
Other than those setbacks, Swinney was pleased with his teamâ??s practice.
"We got better as a team today. We had a more physical practice today than yesterday and we will have a physical practice tomorrow morning (first day of two-a-days)," said Swinney. "We had a competitive practice, a lot of good on good."
Swinney also said his team received a game-changer on Thursday. Each player has been equipped with an Ipad which will make it easier for them to study game video whenever they want.